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Le Plaisir, based on the stories of Guy du Maupassant, takes a gently wistful
approach to the subject of love and desire through its three tales.
Le Masque is the melancholy story of an old man as a veritable dancing wax museum figure hopelessly grasping for his lost youth in a nightly masquerade. La Maison Tellier, "a fairy tale for adults," in the words of the narrator (Jean Servais playing Maupassant), is a delightful tale of a local brothel that closes for a night for a visit to the country, where the ladies have gone to celebrate a young girl's first communion. Jean Gabin is delightful as the charming country bumpkin who plays host to the troupe and becomes sweetly smitten with flirty Danielle Darrieux. The finale, Le Modele, stars Daniel Gélin and Simone Simon as young lovers whose imminent breakup heads toward tragedy, but takes a fateful turn both sad and sweet.
Le Plaisir is a delicate portrait of love and desire. A favourite film of Jean-Luc Godard who called it "the greatest film made in France since the liberation".
Introduction by Film Director Todd Haynes, Documentary Featurette Les Chemins Du Plaisir, Photographic Short Story Moments From Le Plaisir, Featurette From Script To Screen
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 93 minutes
Production Year: 1952
Main Language: French