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Guy de Maupassant (stories)
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Release Date:
19 May 1954 (USA) See more »
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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  (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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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound)
Argentina:18 | 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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Did You Know?

The last segment initially considered was "La Femme de Paul".See more »
Miscellaneous: As the children parade in during the first communion sequence, half of an actor's mustache falls off. He sticks it back on as the camera pans him out of frame.See more »
Jean's friend:But, my friend, happiness is not a joyful thing.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A pleasure indeed, 8 December 2007
Author: jonathan-577 from Canada

A trilogy of Guy de Maupassant stories, two short simple ones framing a long and impossibly rich one, and I don't know why everyone complains about the framing ones - everything is given exactly the weight that their narrative will support. An old man dressing up like a young dandy to relive the gavotting excesses of his youth, only to end in physical collapse, starts things off; and to close we have a beautiful young couple who go from romantic bliss to petty vindictiveness to resigned acceptance via an attempted suicide. This gives us a rather complex understanding of the meaning of 'pleasure', and the worst you can say is that one and three don't utterly embody pleasure the way number two does (although the swirling camera work in the dance scene comes damn close). The story of a troop of sex workers romping off to a country wedding is simplicity itself, but also incredibly rich - full of memorable human beings and interactions. Everyone sees happiness in the place that they're not, but this episode celebrates life wherever it finds it, and it's a joy to watch.

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