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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,097
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stanley Kubrick's favorite movie (as of 1957). See more »

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As the children parade in during the first communion sequence, half of an actor's mustache falls off. He sticks it back on as the camera pans him out of frame. See more »

Quotes

Jean's friend: Don't take life so tragically. There's no point.
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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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The Pleasure's All Ours
25 May 2005 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

Max Ophuls is rightly regarded as a major filmmaker and this is a major work. If you'd heard of his fluid camera-work but hadn't seen a film bearing his signature this film would illustrate perfectly what people mean by his fluid camera-work. In 1952 the portmanteau film was hardly new; in England we had seen both Quartet and Trio (a joke in the early fifties had two hippies walking down Broadway and passing in turn cinemas where these titles were playing: One says 'Man, we better dig this crazy combo, it's fading fast') followed by Encore, all featuring short stories by Somerset Maugham but it's fair to say that all three lacked the visual style and sheer sumptuousness that Ophuls brings to DeMaupassant. Framed by The Mask and The Model the piece de resistance is The House of Madame Tellier, a four-reel examination of the role of the bordel in the provincial town - when they close for a day the whole sub-social life of the town is disturbed. If the lion's share of the plaudits go to the middle segment the others have more than their own individual moments and staples of French cinema like Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux and Simone Simon get to strut their stuff and pay their dues. A visual delight.


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