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Le plaisir

Max Ophuls

 
Le plaisir (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1952
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #444

Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter’s studios of late nineteenth-century French life, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity and storytelling bravura to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the limits of spiritual and physical pleasure. Featuring a stunning cast of French stars (including Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, and Simone Simon), Le plaisir pinpoints the cruel ironies and happy compromises of life with a charming and sophisticated breeziness.

Cast

The doctorClaude Dauphin
DeniseGaby Morlay
Julia TellierMadeleine Renaud
Madame FloraGinette Leclerc
Madame RosaDanielle Darrieux
Julien LedentuPierre Brasseur
Joseph RivetJean Gabin
L'ami de Jean (The voice of Guy de Maupassant)Jean Servais
JeanDaniel Gélin
JoséphineSimone Simon

Credits

DirectorMax Ophuls
Based on three stories byGuy de Maupassant
Adaptation byJacques Natanson and Max Ophuls
DialogueJacques Natanson
MusicJoe Hayos
CinematographyChristian Matras and Philippe Agostini
SetsJean d'Eaubonne
Assistant directorJean Valère and Tony Abboyantz
CostumesGeorges Annenkov
EditingLéonide Azar

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Introduction by filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven)
  • English- and German-language versions of the opening narration
  • From Script to Screen, a video essay featuring film scholar Jean-Pierre Berthomé discussing the evolution of Max Ophuls’s screenplay for Le plaisir
  • Interviews with actor Daniel Gélin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christidès
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Robin Wood

    New cover by David Downton

Film Essays

Le plaisir: Life Is Movement

By Robin WoodSeptember 15, 2008

Max Ophuls acquired an enviable reputation both on-screen and behind the scenes. Most actors, . . . Read more »

Video


Features

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Happy Birthday, Danielle Darrieux!

May 01, 2012

TheLe plaisir star is ninety-five. Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Oldest Profession

January 31, 2012


News

Robin Wood Series at TIFF Cinematheque

June 18, 2010

Toronto’s TIFF Cinematheque is honoring the irreplaceable film critic and scholar Robin Wood, . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Ophuls, A Pleasure Indeed

September 18, 2008

Though we fully expected our special edition of Max Ophuls’s long-unavailable The Earrings of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le plaisir: Life Is Movement

By Robin WoodSeptember 15, 2008

Max Ophuls acquired an enviable reputation both on-screen and behind the scenes. Most actors, . . . Read more »