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Le plaisir

Spine #444

Sep 16, 2008

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Le plaisir

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Directed By: Max Ophuls
Starring: Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Madeleine Renaud, Ginette Leclerc, Mila Parély, Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Brasseur, Jean Gabin, Jean Servais, Daniel Gélin, Simone Simon, Paul Azaïs
Licensor: Gaumont

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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.

  • 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 Berthomé discussing the evolution of Ophuls's screenplay for Le plaisir
  • Interviews with actor Daniel Gélin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christidès
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Robin Wood


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