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Pleasure Party (1974)

Paul Gégauff , Danièle Gegauff , Claude Chabrol  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Gégauff, Danièle Gegauff, Clemence Gégauff, Paula Moore, Michel Valette
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008K79H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pleasure Party" on IMDb

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Phillipe and Esther live an idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. The plan backfires with tragic results as Phillipe becomes plagued with jealousy. Japanese w/ English Subtitles.

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Phillipe and Esther live an idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. The plan backfires with tragic results as Phillipe becomes plagued with jealousy. Japanese w/ English Subtitles.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock, Lang and Chabrol May 22, 2006
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Chabrol is often compared to Hitchcock and both directors do share an interest in ironic detachment and the social and cultural elite. But there are important differences. Hitchcock explores the social spectrum of the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, and early 1960's and Chabrol the social spectrum of the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's... Hitchcock heroes are usually Englishmen or Americans who must fend off threats from either an old corrupt Europe or a newly corrupted Europe (Nazis) but the threat comes from outside. (Sometimes the threat comes from a stranger recently arrived to an as yet uncorrupted community.) In Chabrol's cinema, however, corruption comes from within, or, more accurately, everything is always already in some way compromised and corrupted. Whether it be the social structure or the psychic structure everything and everyone is implicated in that corruption. If Hitchcock is making films in a moment in time when individuals can still be viewed as heroes and societies/nations can be viewed as good or bad; Chabrol is making films in a time when man has reluctantly or no accepted corruption of individuals and societies as a given. The two directors are therefore operating in very different cultural moments with very different ideas and presumptions about what one can expect from individuals and societies.

Many critics have also noticed a connection between Chabrol and Fritz Lang. Both directors explore classical genres and narrative modes but they also challenge those genres and modes and never treat them as static but always subject to the influence of new social and thus new psychological conditions for being. (Chabrol's own DOCTOR M is a tribute to Lang.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious but overlong and not entirely successful April 5, 2005
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'Une Partie de Plaisir' is minor Chabrol and has many of the problems of his considerably worse 'L'Enfer.' It's another morality tale cum horror story, with swinger Paul Gegauff's marriage and world coming unstuck after he encourages his wife to have affairs. It's not that she sleeps with other men when he clearly was expecting her not to, but that instead of deriving all her ideas from him she starts to take them from her lovers as well and gradually, as her dependency on him lessens, his need to mould and control her grows until he can no longer live with her or without her. While it never falls into L'Enfer's farcical inadvertent comedy, it shares a tiringly repetitive third act where the only way to top one outrage is with another, until it becomes comic and rather boring. Screenwriter Gegauff's performance in the lead is brave but not always entirely successful, his face veering between a very literal copy of the two stone masks of Greek tragedy and comedy to an almost frightening degree as the film progresses. Interesting, brave but not entirely successful, it's a film I doubt I'll feel any compulsion to return to in the future.

Picture quality is an acceptable but not outstanding standards conversion from PAL while the extras include an audio interview with Chabrol.
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