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Title Le plaisir / Janus Films ; Gaumont Distribution présente ; Columbia Films S.A. présente une production C.C.F.C., E. Harispuru, producteur délégué, et Stera Films ; un film de Max Ophüls ; adaptation de Jacques Natanson et Max Ophüls ; dialogues de Jacques Natanson.

Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2008]

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 Moore Video  PN1997 .P535757 2008    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
 Moore Video  PN1997 .P535757 2008  booklet    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
Edition Special edition.
Description 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (16 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm)
Dolby digital
video file
DVD video
region 1
Motion pictures
Series The Criterion collection ; 444
Criterion collection ; 444.
System Details DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono.
Language French with optional English subtitles.
Cast Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Madeleine Renaud, Ginette Leclerc, Mila Parély, Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Brasseur, Jean Gabin, Jean Servais, Daniel Gélin, Simone Simon, Amédée, Paul Azaïs, Balpétré, René Blancard, Gaby Bruyère, Mathilde Casadesus, Henri Crémieux, Arthur Devére, Paulette Dubost, Jean Galland, Jocelyn Jany, Robert Lombard, Héléna Manson, Marcel Perés, Jean Meyer, Louis Seigner, Michéle Vadet, Jeanine Vienot, Charles Vissières, Janine Yselle.
Credits Music, Joe Hayos ; directors of photography, Christian Matras (Le masque, La Maison Tellier), Philippe Agostini (Le modèle) ; production design, D'Eaubonne ; production managers, F. Harispuru, Ben Barkay ; costumes, Annenkoff ; editors, Léonide Azar, Suzanne Rondeau.
Note Based on three stories by Guy de Maupassant.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1952.
Full screen (1.33:1).
Summary An aging man hides behind a mask to meet ladies, a madame takes her girls to a communion, and a painter falls for his model in these stories of life, love, pleasure, and death.
Contents A voice in the dark -- The mask : at the ball -- Identity revealed -- Back home -- The Tellier house : the women of the house -- Disgruntled clients -- Boredom breeds arguments -- The journey begins -- Something for nothing -- The countryside with Joseph -- Constance -- Silent night -- First communion -- Joseph gets in trouble -- The 3:55 -- A celebratory return -- The model : Jean and Joséphine -- The fighting begins -- Leaving -- A desperate act.
Note Bonus features: 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-Piere Berthomé discussing the evolution of the director Max Ophuls's screenplay for Le plaisir; Interviews with actor Daniel Gélin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christidès ; Essay by film critic Robin Wood (booklet).
Subject Pleasure -- Drama.
Love -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Older men -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
Prostitutes -- Drama.
Artists' models -- Drama.
Artists' models.
Man-woman relationships.
Genre/Form Anthology films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
DVD-video discs.
Added Author Harispuru, E., film producer. Producer.
Ophuls, Max, 1902-1957, director, screenwriter.
Natanson, Jacques, 1901-1975, screenwriter.
Dauphin, Claude, 1903-1978, actor.
Morlay, Gaby, 1893-1964, actor.
Renaud, Madeleine, 1900-1994, actor.
Leclerc, Ginette, 1912-1992, actor.
Parély, Mila, 1917-2012, actor.
Darrieux, Danielle, 1917-2017, actor.
Brasseur, Pierre, 1905-1972, actor.
Gabin, Jean, 1904-1976, actor.
Servais, Jean, 1910-1976, actor.
Gélin, Daniel, actor.
Simon, Simone, actor.
Hajos, Joe, 1907-1982, composer (expression)
Matras, Christian, 1903-1977, director of photography.
Agostini, Philippe, director of photography.
Azar, Léonide, 1900- editor of moving image work.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893. Short stories. Selections.
Janus Films, film distributor.
Gaumont (Firm), presenter, film distributor.
Columbia Films, presenter.
Compagnie commerciale française cinématographique, production company.
Stera Film, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Added Title Plaisir (Motion picture)
ISBN 1604650605
Standard No. 715515031523
Music No. CC1766D The Criterion Collection