Le Plaisir

Le Plaisir

Claude Dauphin
Director: Max Ophüls Cast: Claude Dauphin
Claude Dauphin
, Jean Galland
Jean Galland
, Gaby Morlay
Gaby Morlay
Max Ophüls

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The works of Guy de Maupassant have likely been adapted by more French filmmakers than those of any other author (with the possible exception of Georges Simenon). Max Ophuls harnesses three Maupassant short stories to suit his artistic purposes in Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure). In "The Mask," an aging lothario (Jean Galland) learns more about himself than he cares to when he dons a mask to cover his wrinkles. In "The House of Madame Tellier," the proprietress of a brothel (Madeline Renaud) closes up shop one day for an unusual (for her) personal mission. And in "The Model," both the title character (Simone Simon) and her artist-lover (Daniel Gelin) pay the price for her romantic impulsiveness. Each of the playlets in Le Plaisir explore conflicting sides of human nature -- a theme common to both the works of Maupassant and the films of Ophuls.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
UPC: 0715515031523
Original Release: 1952
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 3,247

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; 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 director Max 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 criti Robin Wood

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Dauphin The Doctor [The Mask]
Jean Galland Ambroise [The Mask]
Gaby Morlay Denise, His Wife [The Mask]
Madeleine Renaud Mme. Tellier [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Daniel Gélin Jean [The Model]
Danielle Darrieux Rosa [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Simone Simon Josephine [The Model]
Jean Gabin Joseph Rivet [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Ginette Leclerc Flora [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Jean Servais The Friend/Narrator, French Version
Amedee Frédéric
Paul Azäis Owner, Palais de Danse
Antoine Balpêtré Monsieru Poulain
René Blanchard Mayor [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Pierre Brasseur Julien Ledentu, the Salesman
Gaby Bruyère Frimousse, The Mask's Partner [The Mask]
Mathilde Casadesus Louise [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Henri Cremieux [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Jo Dest The German [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Arthur Devére Employee [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Paulette Dubost Fernande [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Emile Genevois The Groom
Robert Lombard [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Helena Manson Marie [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Jean Mayer [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Mila Parely Raphaele [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Marcel Pérès [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Louis Seigner Mr. Tourneveau [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Michel Vadet Journalist [The Model]
Janine Vienot His Friend
Georges Vitray The Captain [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Anton Walbrook Narrator, German Version [The House Of Madame Tellier
Charles Vissieres Old Man from Normandy [The House Of Madame Tellier]
Peter Ustinov Narrator, English Version [The House Of Madame Tellie

Technical Credits
Max Ophüls Director,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Philippe Agostini Cinematographer
Georges Annenkov Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonide Azar Editor
Ben Barkay Production Manager
Jean D'Eaubonne Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Joe Hajos Score Composer
F. Harispuru Production Manager
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Jacques Natanson Screenwriter
Maurice Yvain Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Plaisir
1. A Voice in the Dark [3:47]
2. "The Mask": At the Ball [5:33]
3. Identity Revealed [2:09]
4. Back Home [6:06]
5. "The Tellier House": The Women of the House [5:48]
6. Disgruntled Clients [5:00]
7. Boredom Breeds Arguments [4:17]
8. The Journey Begins [3:27]
9. Something for Nothing [4:59]
10. The Countryside With Joseph [5:06]
11. Constance [3:07]
12. Silent Night [5:25]
13. First Communion [9:22]
14. Joseph Gets in Trouble [4:11]
15. The 3:55 [4:49]
16. A Celebratory Return [5:26]
17. "The Model": Jean and Josephine [4:44]
18. The Fighting Begins [4:44]
19. Leaving [4:43]
20. A Desperate Act [5:05]
1. "Paul's Mistress" [3:29]
2. Maupassant and the Filmmaker [4:26]
3. Filming Begins [1:45]
4. Story Replacement [2:43]
5. The Filmmaker Disappears [3:41]
6. A Symmetric Structure [3:46]

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