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Title Le plaisir [(DVD) videorecording] / Gaumont ; Gaumont-Stera Films ; film by Max Ophuls ; adaptation by Jacques Natanson and Max Ophuls ; dialogue Jacques Natason.

Edition Fullscreen edition; Special edition.
Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection : Janus Films, [2008]
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 Nichols Adult DVD Foreign Films  FRENCH PLA    AVAILABLE
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Description 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (16 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Series Criterion collection ; 444.
System Details DVD ; NTSC ; Dobly digital mono ; 1.33:1 aspect ratio ; new, restored high-definition digital transfer.
Language French with optional English subtitles.
Note Title from container.
Based on three stories by Guy de Maupassant.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1952.
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 ; a new essay by film critic Robin Wood (booklet)
For specific features see interactive menu.
Cast Paul Azaïs, Jean Galland, Gaby Bruyère, Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Madeleine Renaud, Ginette Leclerc, Mila Parély, Danielle Darrieux, Mathilde Casadesus, Balpétré, René Blancard, Henri Crémieux, Louis Seigner, Pierre Brasseur, Jean Gabin, Jean Servais, Daniel Gélin, Simone Simon.
Credits Directors of photography, Christian Matras and Philippe Agostini ; editor, Léonide Azar ; music, Joe Hajos.
Audience Rating: Not rated.
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 Chapters: 1. A voice in the dark -- 2. The mask: at the ball -- 3. Identity revealed -- 4. Back home -- 5. The Tellier house: the women of the house -- 6. Disgruntled clients -- 7. Boredom breeds arguments -- 8. The journey begins -- 9. Something for nothing -- 10. The countryside with Joseph -- 11. Constance -- 12. Silent night -- 13. First communion -- 14. Joseph gets in trouble -- 15. The 3:55 -- 16. A celebratory return -- 17. The model: Jean and Joseṕhine -- 18. The fighting begins -- 19. Leaving -- 20. A desperate act -- 21. Color bars.
Subject Pleasure -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Compromise (Ethics) -- Drama -- Videodiscs.
Genre Feature films.
Added Author Ophuls, Max, 1902-1957.
Natanson, Jacques, 1901-1975.
Azaïs, Paul, 1903-1974.
Galland, Jean, 1887-1967.
Bruyère, Gaby, 1924-1978.
Dauphin, Claude, 1903-1978.
Morlay, Gaby, 1893-1964.
Renaud, Madeleine, 1900-1994.
Leclerc, Ginette, 1912-1992.
Parély, Mila, 1917-2012.
Darrieux, Danielle, 1917-
Casadesus, Mathilde, 1921-1965.
Balpetré, Antoine, 1898-1963.
Blancard, René, 1897-1965.
Crémieux, Henri, 1896-1980.
Seigner, Louis.
Brasseur, Pierre, 1905-1972.
Gabin, Jean, 1904-1976.
Servais, Jean, 1910-1976.
Gélin, Daniel.
Simon, Simone.
Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Gaumont (Firm)
Stera Film.
Janus Films.
ISBN 1604650605
Standard No. 715515031523
Music No. CC1766D The Criterion Collection
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