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Director:
Writers:
Guy de Maupassant (stories)
Jacques Natanson (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
19 May 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Profound, clever, incredibly beautiful work by the genius Ophuls See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)

Danielle Darrieux ... Madame Rosa (segment "La Maison Tellier")

Pierre Brasseur ... Julien Ledentu - Le commis-voyageur (segment "La Maison Tellier")

Jean Gabin ... Joseph Rivet (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Jean Servais ... L'ami de Jean / La voix de Maupassant (segment "Le Modèle")

Daniel Gélin ... Jean, le peintre (segment "Le Modèle") (as Daniel Gelin)

Simone Simon ... 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")
Gaby Bruyère ... Frimousse - La danseuse (segment "Le Masque")
Mathilde Casadesus ... Madame Louise dite Cocotte (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Henri Crémieux ... Monsieur Pimpesse (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Arthur Devère ... Le contrôleur du train (segment "La Maison Tellier")

Paulette Dubost ... Madame Fernande (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Jean Galland ... Ambroise - le masque (segment "Le Masque")
Jocelyne Jany ... La petite Constance Rivet (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Robert Lombard ... Monsieur Philippe - Le fils du banquier (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Héléna Manson ... Marie Rivet (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Marcel Pérès ... Monsieur Duvert - l'armateur (segment "La Maison Tellier") (as Marcel Perès)
Jean Meyer ... Monsieur Dupuis - L'assureur (segment "La Maison Tellier") (as Jean Meyer sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Louis Seigner ... Monsieur Tourneveau - le poissonier (segment "La Maison Tellier") (as Louis Seigner sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Michel Vadet ... Le marin (segment "Le Modèle" and "La Maison Tellier") (as Michèle Vadet)
Janine Viénot ... La poule du docteur (segment "Le Masque") (as Janine Vienot)
Charles Vissières ... Le vieux normand dans le train (segment "La Maison Tellier")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Baconnet ... Un client de la maison Tellier (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Pierre-Louis Calvet ... Le vicaire (uncredited)
Yvonne Dany ... (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Jo Dest ... L'allemand (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Émile Genevois ... Le groom (segment "Le Masque") (uncredited)
François Harispuru ... Monsieur Philippe - de dos (uncredited)
René Hell ... Le garde-champêtre (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Maïa Jusanova ... (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Roland Lesaffre ... Bit part (uncredited)
Huguette Montréal ... Une danseuse (segment "Le Masque") (uncredited)
Claire Olivier ... Madame Tourneveau (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Palau ... Monsieur Vasse - le juge (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
René Pascal ... (segment "Le Modèle") (uncredited)
Colette Ripert ... Bit part (uncredited)
Rognoni ... Le curé (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Marcel Rouzé ... (segment "Le Modèle") (uncredited)

Peter Ustinov ... Narrator (uncredited) (voice: English version)
Georges Vitray ... Le capitaine (segment "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Anton Walbrook ... Narrator, German Version (uncredited)
Liliane Yvernault ... Une danseuse (segment "Le Masque") (uncredited)
Zélie Yzelle ... La femme du paysan normand (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Ophüls 
 
Writing credits
Guy de Maupassant (stories)

Jacques Natanson (adaptation) and
Max Ophüls (adaptation)

Jacques Natanson (dialogue)

Produced by
Édouard Harispuru .... producer (segment "Le Modèle") (as E. Harispuru)
M. Kieffer .... producer (segment "Le Masque" and "La Maison Tellier") (uncredited)
Max Ophüls .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Joe Hajos  (as Joe Hayos)
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Agostini (segment "Le Modèle")
Christian Matras (segment "Le Masque" and "La Maison Tellier")
 
Film Editing by
Léonide Azar 
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne  (as D'Eaubonne)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Christidès  (as Christides)
 
Costume Design by
Georges Annenkov  (as Annenkoff)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Brel .... key makeup artist
Roger Chanteau .... key makeup artist (as R. Chanteau)
Jules Chanteau .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monique Isnard .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ben Barkay .... production manager
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Hugo Benedek .... unit manager
Léo Fremery .... assistant unit manager (as L. Fremery)
François Harispuru .... production manager (as F. Harispuru)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aboyantz .... assistant director (as Tony)
Jean Valère .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques Guth .... assistant production designer (as J. Guth)
Jean Charpentier .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Raymond Gabutti .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
François Suné .... property master (uncredited)
Nicolas Wilcké .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound engineer (as Pierre Calvet)
Jean Rieul .... sound engineer
Marcel Corvaisier .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Louis Haller .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator (segment "Le Masque" and "La Maison Tellier")
Roger Forster .... still photographer (as R. Forster)
Roger Poutrel .... still photographer (as Poutrel)
Changlesy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jean Lallier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roland Paillais .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Wottitz .... camera operator (segment "Le Modèle") (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ferdinand Junker .... key costumer (as F. Junker)
Marie Gromtseff .... costume execution (uncredited)
Elise Servet .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Suzanne Rondeau .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joe Hajos .... music adaptor (as Joe Hayos)
 
Other crew
Paule Converset .... script supervisor
Georges Cravenne .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le plaisir" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
Maurice Yvain was originally going to compose an original score, but was replaced by Joe Hajos, who based most of his music on popular music of the late 19th century.See more »
Quotes:
Jean's friend:But, my friend, happiness is not a joyful thing.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Profound, clever, incredibly beautiful work by the genius Ophuls, 23 December 2003
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

Is it possible to take one of the best tales in French literature and make a film even better out of it? Yes, it is. The tale is Maupassant's "La maison Tellier", the film-maker is Max Ophuls, the film is "Le Plaisir". In fact, the movie is divided into three episodes, corresponding to three Maupassant's tales. In the two short introducing and final stories we actually find the bitter, acid, misanthropical sarcasm typical of Maupassant's style, though softened by Ophuls' sympathy for human unhappiness.

What really stuns the viewer is the central episode, the sumptuous narration of "La maison Tellier". The story is the same in the book and in the film. A bunch of prostitutes from "La maison Tellier", the brothel of a French province town, takes a day off to go to a First Communion celebration in the countryside. But what a difference of mood. The fact is that Maupassant detested and despised people, while Ophuls manifestly loves them and is always ready to forgive their faults and pettiness. Therefore the writer's aggressive satire is replaced by the director's gentle sense of humor. The brothel is closed, and we shortly realize that the balance of the town, the whole social order is upset. Some sailors start a brawl, and that looks rather expectable. But even peaceful middle-class respectable citizens, long-time friends, begin to quarrel bitterly. "La maison Tellier" is the key of social stability!

Then the church-scene, a perfect blend of sweet fun and profound human feeling. Overwhelmed by the intense emotion of the First Communion Mass, the prostitutes burst in tears, and they carry all the villagers with them. I guess to have noticed a delightful nuance by Ophuls. The "beautiful Jewish girl" whom, according to the director (a Jewish himself), no brothel can afford to miss (!), at first tries to restrain herself. She's not Christian, she's not supposed to be moved! But, of course, she soon starts to weep... Great emotion, great art! And the women merged in the high grass, picking flowers... it's late, they risk to miss their train... but no! It's so a gorgeous day, let's go and pick some flowers! How poetic, how beautiful... what a fantastic scene! Needless to say, as soon as the women are back, peace, order, friendship are restored in the town.

The above comments can give a partial idea of the director's extraordinary treatment of the story. But it's important to remark that just the visual beauties and the camera work by the genius Ophuls are largely enough to place "Le plaisir" among the best works in the history of cinema. Let me just mention the first scene, when we peep inside the brothel together with the outside eye of the camera, which jumps from a window to another like a little bird. That is the most brilliant cinematic idea I can remember. A perfect film forces a perfect job by the cast. And in fact the acting is magnificent.

"Le plaisir" is a profound study of human beings, of their joys and sorrows, an instance of superlative good taste in treating a risky theme, a triumph of clever cinematic technique. A peak of the art of cinema.



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