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Le Plaisir (1952)
"Le plaisir" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  19 May 1954 (USA)
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Dauphin ...
Le docteur (segment "Le Masque")
Gaby Morlay ...
Denise - la femme d"Ambroise (segment "Le Masque")
Madeleine Renaud ...
Julia Tellier (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Ginette Leclerc ...
Madame Flora dite Balançoire (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Mila Parély ...
Madame Raphaële (segment "La Maison Tellier") (as Mila Parely)
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Madame Rosa (segment "La Maison Tellier")
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Julien Ledentu - Le commis-voyageur (segment "La Maison Tellier")
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Joseph Rivet (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Jean Servais ...
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Jean, le peintre (segment "Le Modèle") (as Daniel Gelin)
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Joséphine - le modèle (segment "Le Modèle")
Amédée ...
Frédéric - le serveur (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Paul Azaïs ...
Le patron du bal (segment "Le Masque")
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Monsieur Poulain - L'ancien maire (segment "La Maison Tellier") (as Balpétré)
René Blancard ...
Le maire (segment "La Maison Tellier")
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme Tellier taking her girls (whores) to the country for attending her niece's communion - pleasure and purity. And lastly, Jean the painter falling in love with his model - pleasure and death. Written by Yepok

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19 May 1954 (USA)  »

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The last segment initially considered was "La Femme de Paul". See more »

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Jean's friend: But, my friend, happiness is not a joyful thing.
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Happiness is not a lark
19 October 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

Happiness, says the narrator at the end, is not a lark. And the film believes it, even though as he speaks the glimpses of children playing with kites and daintily placed chairs on the beach (echoing those set out earlier by Gabin in the back of his cart for the visiting prostitutes) continue to evoke the swirling compositional grace and elegance which mark the film's every moment. Far more unpredictable and radical than most portmanteau films, the highlight is the second story, which at first seems to be about a group of men who get together one night when the local brothel is closed, then follows the whores' trip to the country (with a delightful interlude on the train as they share the compartment with an old peasant couple and a randy salesman); then returns to the brothel - Ophuls' highly liberal camera ultimately pans deliriously around the windows from the outside as the place fills with dance, spilling celebration and delight. The many surprises of that story perfectly evoke the enormous span of human emotional experience; it touches on so many dreams of escape whereas the other two episodes, both much shorter and darker, remind us of the occasional price of such dreams.


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