The French writer Guy de Maupassant has inspired many great filmmakers. Among those to adapt his short stories and novels were Jean-Luc Godard, Kenji Mizoguchi, Walerian Borowczyk, Harry Kümel, Luis Buñuel and Christian-Jacque. But it was arguably Max Ophuls, with his 1952 feature, Le Plaisir, who proved to be the most adept.

Le Plaisir takes three of de Maupassant s stories as its source: in Le Masque, a masked dandy conceals a secret; in La Maison Tellier, the girls of a small-town brothel are taken on an outing to attend the communion of the madam s niece; and in La Modèle, a painter falls in love with his model, but the course of love isn t as smooth as either expected.

To tell these tales, Ophuls assembled a remarkable cast of French talent, including Jean Gabin (Pépé le Moko, La Grande illusion), Pierre Brasseur (Eyes Without a Face, Spotlight on a Murderer), Danielle Darrieux (Madame de..., Les Demoiselles de Rochefort), Claude Dauphin (Casque d Or, Barbarella), Simone Simon (Cat People, La Ronde) and many more besides.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont
  • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • A Journey Through Le Plaisir, a 54-minute documentary by Philippe Roger featuring interviews with cast and crew, and a visit of the film s locations fifty years on
  • Diary of a Film Shoot, an interview with Ophuls assistant director, Jean Valerie
  • An interview with Marcel Ophuls, the filmmaker son of Max
  • Le Plaisir Restored, Ronald Boullet and Andre Labbouz discuss the restoration process
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexander Jacoby and Philippe Roger
studio:
Arrow Academy
Run Time:
97 mins approx.
Director:
Max Ophüls
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Claude Dauphin

Gaby Morlay

Madeleine Renaud

Ginette Leclerc

Mila Parély

Danielle Darrieux
Subtitle Languages:
English
Theatrical Release Year:
1952
Main Language:
French
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
2

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The French writer Guy de Maupassant has inspired many great filmmakers. Among those to adapt his short stories and novels were Jean-Luc Godard, Kenji Mizoguchi, Walerian Borowczyk, Harry Kümel, Luis Buñuel and Christian-Jacque. But it was arguably Max Ophuls, with his 1952 feature, Le Plaisir, who proved to be the most adept.

Le Plaisir takes three of de Maupassant s stories as its source: in Le Masque, a masked dandy conceals a secret; in La Maison Tellier, the girls of a small-town brothel are taken on an outing to attend the communion of the madam s niece; and in La Modèle, a painter falls in love with his model, but the course of love isn t as smooth as either expected.

To tell these tales, Ophuls assembled a remarkable cast of French talent, including Jean Gabin (Pépé le Moko, La Grande illusion), Pierre Brasseur (Eyes Without a Face, Spotlight on a Murderer), Danielle Darrieux (Madame de..., Les Demoiselles de Rochefort), Claude Dauphin (Casque d Or, Barbarella), Simone Simon (Cat People, La Ronde) and many more besides.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont
  • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • A Journey Through Le Plaisir, a 54-minute documentary by Philippe Roger featuring interviews with cast and crew, and a visit of the film s locations fifty years on
  • Diary of a Film Shoot, an interview with Ophuls assistant director, Jean Valerie
  • An interview with Marcel Ophuls, the filmmaker son of Max
  • Le Plaisir Restored, Ronald Boullet and Andre Labbouz discuss the restoration process
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexander Jacoby and Philippe Roger
studio:
Arrow Academy
Run Time:
97 mins approx.
Director:
Max Ophüls
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Claude Dauphin

Gaby Morlay

Madeleine Renaud

Ginette Leclerc

Mila Parély

Danielle Darrieux
Subtitle Languages:
English
Theatrical Release Year:
1952
Main Language:
French
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
2
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