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La vie de plaisir (1944)

Albert Maulette, the owner of 'La Vie de Plaisir', a very busy nightclub owner, has fallen in love with Hélène de Lormel, the beautiful daughter of a couple of aristocrats on the brink of ... See full summary »


Albert Valentin


Charles Spaak (adaptation), Charles Spaak (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Albert Préjean ... Albert Maulette - le tenancier de la boîte de nuit 'La Vie de Plaisir'
Claude Génia Claude Génia ... Hélène de Lormel - une fille d'aristocrates
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Gabrielle de Lormel - la mère d'Hélène
Hélène Constant Hélène Constant ... Denise de la Chaume
Claude Nollier Claude Nollier ... Aline - une danseuse de 'La Vie de Plaisir'
Aimé Clariond ... Monsieur de Lormel - un aristocrate désargenté, le père d'Hélène
Jean Servais ... Le vicomte Roland de la Chaume - un oisif
Maurice Escande ... Le comte Roger de Boëldieu - un mondain, le fiancé d'Hélène
Noël Roquevert ... Maître Marion - l'avocat d' Albert
Jean Pâqui ... François de Lormel - le frère d'Hélène
Yves Deniaud Yves Deniaud ... Gaston - le maître d'hôtel de 'La Vie de Plaisir'
Roger Karl ... Maître Gaëtan de Merly - un avocat noceur
Pierre Magnier ... Monseigneur l'évêque - l'oncle d'Hélène
Marcel Carpentier Marcel Carpentier ... Gasparini - le racheteur de 'La Vie de Plaisir'


Albert Maulette, the owner of 'La Vie de Plaisir', a very busy nightclub owner, has fallen in love with Hélène de Lormel, the beautiful daughter of a couple of aristocrats on the brink of ruin. Monsieur de Lormel, who despises Albert's occupation, demands that he sell his nightclub before he gives his consent. Which Albert does but, once married, his life does not prove a pleasure cruise. The relationships between outspoken Albert and his false in-laws are tense. On the other hand, Roger de Boëldieu, a socialite, shamelessly courts his young wife... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

16 May 1944 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das leichte Leben See more »

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Continental Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Banned after the Liberation. See more »


Referenced in Safe Conduct (2002) See more »

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The bishop blesses the dogs.
5 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"La Vie de Plaisir" ,like "Le Corbeau" ,was deemed infamous and banned after the Liberation.The censorship was ruthless and dumb.Albert Valentin would never get over it and ,after two more movies,became a writer ,sometimes lost in sword and sandal material .

However ,during the war,he was one of the most promising directors France had.His three movies ,although ignored by today's audience are all worthwhile:

1942:"L'entraineuse" was a delicate melodrama where Michèle Morgan was a night club hostess who tried to make friend with decent people.

1943:"la Marie-Martine" which many critics consider his best was a woman's portrait a la Citizen Kane ,flouting chronology long before "Memento" and co.

1944: By combining the subject of "L'entraineuse" ( a character enters a world where he does not belong) with the experiments of "la Marie Martine" (We see the same scenes from two points of view : a trick that André Cayatte would use again in ...1963 for his "la Vie Conjugale" ,Albert Valentin brings it all back home and makes one of the lost masterpieces of the occupation days.

An aristocrat institutes divorce proceedings against his son-in-law ,a commoner,ex-owner of a night club "La Vie de Plaisir" (Life of pleasure).Flashbacks:the two lawyers tell the unfortunate love story and Charles Spaak lets his inspiration flow...

The hunting with hounds is the scene which always comes to mind when someone speaks of Valentin's movie:the bishop,with pomp and ceremony ,blesses the pack,a scene which Luis Bunuel would have loved!Then the younger son of the noble man who got pregnant the woman he wants to marry (but his family is not prepared to accept a misalliance)tells the ecclesiastic: "so you've blessed dogs and you would not bless my union!"Another strong scene shows Maulette(Albert Préjean) the simple man telling his wife leaving for the (clay?) pigeon shooting where she meets her father and her ex-suitor "tell the pigeons I side with them!" This cruel "sport" is a transparent metaphor of how that aristocracy treats their fellow men.

Valentin /Spaak portray the wealthy vitriolic style.

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