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Le Plaisir [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [French] [1952]
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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


Le Plaisir
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Claude Dauphin - The Doctor [The Mask]
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    Jean Galland - Ambroise [The Mask]
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    Gaby Morlay - Denise, His Wife [The Mask]
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    Madeleine Renaud - Mme. Tellier [The House Of Madame Tellier]
  • Daniel Gélin
    Daniel Gélin - Jean [The Model]
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