Le Plaisir (Directors Suite) (1952)

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Released 18-Aug-2009
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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

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Ginette Leclerc
Mila Parély
Danielle Darrieux
Pierre Brasseur
Jean Gabin
Jean Servais
Daniel Gélin
Simone Simon
Paul Azaïs
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Max Ophüls
Joe Hajos
Maurice Yvain
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 1952 93:04 (Case: 97) 576i (PAL) 4
Full Frame
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
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Introduction-by director Todd Haynes, Audio Commentary-by Adrian Martin, Senior Research fellow, Monash University, Featurette-A Journey Through Le Plaisir: On the trail of Max Ophuls, Featurette-From Script to Screen: Jean-Pierre Berthomé on Le Plaisir, Trailer-Four Directors Suite trailers
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