Le plaisir

Edition no. 444

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Licensor
Gaumont
Directed by: Max Ophuls
Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter’s studios of late nineteenth-century French life, 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.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: French 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • Introduction by filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven)
  • 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 Max Ophuls’s screenplay for Le plaisir
  • Interviews with actor Daniel Gélin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christidès
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Robin Wood

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Release Credits

Artwork: Eric Skillman
Artwork: David Downton

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