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Writers:
Guy de Maupassant (stories)
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Release Date:
19 May 1954 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
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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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Intense pleasure., 22 January 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

One of Max Ophuls' finest achievements,one of the best Guy de Maupassant adaptations for the screen.

This is a movie made up of three sketches;it is rather a long story (la maison Tellier) framed by one prologue (le masque) an an epilogue (le modèle).Guy de Maupassant is ,by far,the best writer France as ever known,as far short stories are concerned-He wrote about 200 of them,and even influenced Dudley Nichols for the screen play of "stagecoach"(actually ,Claire Trevor was Boule de Suif)

Le plaisir (the pleasure) is something fleeting,but the hero of the prologue(le masque) can't stand life is passing him by.His wife is a victim,women are often sacrified in Maupassant's work.At best they are ways for men to social advancement(Bel Ami,see "the private affairs of Bel-Ami", filmed by Albert Lewin ,1947,watchable,but which has given a totally false rendering of the conclusion),at worst ,once their lover or husband has used them ,they are often deserted (see "une vie" , directed by Alexandre Astruc,1958,which has a fine Claude Renoir cinematography.

"La maison Tellier" is the main body of the work:the subject is scandalous:madam and her whores close the brothel and head for the country.There,they are to attend madam's niece's communion.Max Ophuls has not always been faithfull to Maupassant:if you read the short story,you will realize how much these women are ugly,vulgar and fat;here ,we've got gorgeous Danielle Darrieux,plus Ginette Leclerc and Madeleine Renaud.Ophuls is an esthete and he could not subscribe to Maupassant's depictions.The two men come together when it comes to describe the reactions of the inhabitants of the village:the prostitutes pass for grandes dames,well educated,chic,and when they enter the church,it seems as if they enhance the religious fervor !!Maupassant,who was anticlerical to a fault,lets his irony flow;but there's compassion in Max Ophuls'pictures and I'm not sure the tears his heroines shed are that much laughable:regaining a child's soul -particularly on this communion day- is many a human being's secret longing.But cynism get the upper hand quickly and madam's brother,a bawdy Jean Gabin (the father of the little girl making her communion),is much more interested in his sister's "residents" than spiritual elevation.This second part climaxes the movie,with its steam-powered train,its banquet,its brothel of which the shutter are closed -we're only allowed to have a glimpse behind them-

The movie opens and closes the same way:woman is born to be deserted when she's not a whore,like in the second sketch.Josephine (Simone Simon) will find her lover back but the price she will have to pay is terrifying.

Why "le plaisir" ?Pleasure is few and far between in this world.Pleasure walks hand in hand with suffering.Guy de Maupassant himself knew fleeting pleasures he describes in part 2,but if you read his biography,you 'll meet a tormented soul,an extremely pessimistic mind,and a faux bon vivant who lived a dissipated life which ended in madness.

This is one of the most absorbing,ambitious,complex and artistically successful masterwork of the French fifties.

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