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Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter's studios of late nineteenth-century Parisian society, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity and storytelling bravura to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the limits of spiritual and physical pleasure. Featuring a stunning cast of French stars (including Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, and Simone Simon), Le plaisir pinpoints the cruel ironies and happy compromises of life with a charming and sophisticated breeziness. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:New, restored high-definition digital transfer, Introduction by filmmaker Todd Haynes, English- and German-language versions of the opening narration, From Script to Screen, a video essay featuring film scholar Jean-Pierre Berthome discussing the evolution of Ophuls's screenplay for Le plaisir, Interviews with actor Daniel Gelin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christides, New and improved English subtitle translation. PLUS: A new essay by film critic Robin Wood.
Brilliant. --Boston Phoenix
Shot with supreme elegance. --Time Out
This movie (a triptych) illustrates perfectly the universe and the themes of the great French writer Guy de Maupassant. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Luc REYNAERT
Max Ophuls' film consists of three short stories from the pen of Guy de Maupassant which he imbues with his fluid camera and visual expertise. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by The CinemaScope Cat
Max Ophuls's anthology of three Guy de Maupassant stories all revolve around the same theme of how difficult the pursuit of pleasure is and what must be sacrificed for it. Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Jay Dickson
I love the films of Max Ophüls; he has such a way with the camera. This B&W French film from 1952 is particularly tricky because the camera is always in motion. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Pamela G. Maher
(I can't resist) LE PLAISIR is a pleasure. It's brilliant.
Director Max Ophuls transferred 3 Guy de Maupassant stories (set circa the late 1800s) to the screen while... Read more
The screen is pitch black and we hear a voice..."I'm so happy to be talking in the dark as if I were beside you, and maybe I am. Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
The screen is pitch black and we hear a voice..."I'm so happy to be talking in the dark as if I were beside you, and maybe I am. Read morePublished on March 23, 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
[The following is a review about the original French version.]
You may not remember the name of Max Ophuls, whose graceful, sweeping camerawork is elegance itself. Read more