A film by Max Ophüls
One of Max Ophüls most successful films—and a favourite of Jean-Luc Godard and Stanley Kubrick— Le Plaisir is, simply, about pleasure. Adapted from three short stories by the father of modern short-story writing, Guy de Maupassant, each segment revels in joie de vivre: an old man regains his youth with the aid of a magic mask; on a bucolic outing with her colleagues, a prostitute experiences romance; while the third story focuses on the love between an artist and his model.
Using beautifully fluid lensing, Ophüls' camera drinks in the decadent ballrooms, countryside estates and urban structures of late nineteenth-century France, demonstrating the skill so greatly admired by audience, critics and filmmakers alike. Le Plaisir pinpoints the ironic moments and necessary compromises of life with charm and sophistication. An enchanting tribute to desire and pleasure.
DVD Special Features
Introduction by director Todd Haynes
Audio Commentary by Adrian Martin, Senior Research Fellow, Film and Television Studies, Monash University and Co-editor of ROUGE magazine www.rouge.com.au
A Journey Through Le Plaisir: On the trail of Max Ophüls with his personal assistant Ulla de Colstoun
From Script to Screen: Author & critic Jean-Pierre Berthomé on Le Plaisir