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Le Plaisir

Genres: Foreign, Comedy, Drama, Criterion Collection, France, Foreign Drama, French Cinema, 50s, Foreign Comedy, Short Film

Cast: Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, Simone Simon

Director: Max Ophuls

Synopsis: Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter's studios of late nineteenth-century Parisian society, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity and storytelling bravura to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the limits of spiritual and physical pleasure. Featuring a stunning cast of French stars (including Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, and Simone Simon), LE PLAISIR pinpoints the cruel ironies and happy compromises of life with a charming and sophisticated breeziness.

Language: French

Country of Origin: France

Production Year: 1952


  • "Brilliant.", The Boston Phoenix
  • "Shot with supreme elegance.", Time Out


  • 1952: Nominee, Oscar, Best Art Direction, Academy

Le Plaisir
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