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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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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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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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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Le fin de siecle came with Ophuls, 9 July 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

This is about something most illusory - pleasure, and various definitions of it. One man's pleasure is another's poison - personally the world depicted in such a wistful and playful way by Max Ophuls holds no attraction for me. Sex and dancing aren't everything except if you think so. But as a film this is supreme stuff, Art of a kind never witnessed outside of Ophuls and with a cinematic regard and feeling for 19th century France and the French that remains unsurpassed.

Three of Maupassant's short stories are presented - he was sitting by me at the time - for me the most poignant being the first, Le Masque. The opening sequence is an incredible whirling bustling tour de force of camera, set and actor trickery, moving them all about with an astounding ease for 1952. Not once in the packed studio did something crunch into a balustrade or one of the dancers take someone's eye out - choreography so perfect as to make you gasp. We as the modern audience are constantly peeping through lattices, curtains, windows, holes etc at the action within from 1880, occasionally permitted to become part of it with the characters. The loving attention to period detail is constant and total. With so much being studio-bound, I've always wondered why the over-riding image I carry in my head of Le Plaisir is from the 2nd story, La Maison Tellier. With the jolly yokel Jean Gabin at the reins of the cartload of gaudy jolly whores including Danielle Darrieux dashing through the sunny French countryside full of life and happy at the prospect of a night off and more perfect choreography it's a joy to behold.

The 3rd piece Le Modele has Simone Simon and Daniel Gelin reviewing their previous performances in La Ronde but with the ending somewhat different! Overall, a totally inconsequential ravishingly beautiful film to cherish, an ideal bookend for La Ronde - pleasure is hardly the word!

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