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Le Plaisir (1952)

Le plaisir (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 May 1954 (USA)
Three separate stories about the same thing: le plaisir (pleasure).

Director:

Max Ophüls

Writers:

Guy de Maupassant (stories), Jacques Natanson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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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 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 Amédée ... Frédéric - le serveur (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Paul Azaïs 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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Storyline

Three stories about 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 Julia Tellier (Madeleine Renaud) taking her girls (whores) to the country for attending her niece's communion, pleasure and purity. And lastly, Jean (Daniel Gélin) the painter falling in love with his model, pleasure and death. Written by Yepok

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pleasure | painter | niece | model | mask | See All (31) »

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Three intimate tales by GUY de MAUPASSANT about people who live the way people shouldn't!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Plaisir See more »

Filming Locations:

Clécy, Calvados, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The last segment initially considered was "La Femme de Paul". See more »

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Quotes

Narrator: I've always loved the night and darkness. I'm delighted to speak to you in the dark, as if seated right beside you - and perhaps I am.
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Alternate Versions

An American release switches the last two stories, and ends with "La Maison Tellier" instead of "Le Modèle". See more »

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Ophuls' brilliant pageant
14 November 2008 | by axsmashcrushallthreeSee all my reviews

It is difficult to illuminate much more than has already been described in other comments. Aside from limited clips of "Letter from an Unknown Woman", this is the first Ophuls film that I've seen. Thankfully, all four of his 1950's masterpieces are now available on DVD, but I write with the appreciation of one who is just discovering this director.

This film is certainly a near if not complete masterpiece, and compares well to my favorite film of 1952, Becker's "Casque d'Or", particularly in how both films commence with indelible scenes that personify each director's method.

Here, I so thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of my favorite actors - Pierre Brasseur, Danielle Darrieux, Jean Servais, Simone Simon, and particularly Jean Gabin. It seems that the leitmotif of pleasure is communicated so resoundingly, so subtly by camera work that is astonishingly pulsating yet perceptive. The purity and clarity of emotion is brought forth through the movement and transition of the wonderful Guy De Maupassant stories, not through strict character development.

I give this film a 10, but I somehow feel that I will find other Ophuls films, such as "La Ronde" or "Madame De", to be its equal. I look forward to viewing them.


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