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Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure) (1999)

Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)




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The works of Guy de Maupassant have likely been adapted by more French filmmakers than those of any other author (with the possible exception of Georges Simenon). Max Ophuls harnesses three Maupassant short stories to suit his artistic purposes in Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure). In "The Mask," an aging lothario (Jean Galland) learns more about himself than he cares to when he dons a mask to cover his wrinkles. In "The House of Madame Tellier," the proprietress of a brothel (Madeline Renaud) closes up shop one day for an unusual (for her) personal mission. And in "The Model," both the title character (Simone Simon) and her artist-lover (Daniel Gelin) pay the price for her romantic impulsiveness. Each of the playlets in Le Plaisir explore conflicting sides of human nature -- a theme common to both the works of Maupassant and the films of Ophuls. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Natanson, Guy de Maupassant, Max Ophüls
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2008
Criterion Collection


Claude Dauphin
as The Doctor [The Mask...
Gaby Morlay
as Denise His Wife [The...
Madeleine Renaud
as Mme. Tellier [The Ho...
Ginette Leclerc
as Flora [The House Of ...
Mila Parely
as Raphaele [The House ...
Jean Galland
as Ambroise [The Mask]
Daniel Gélin
as Jean [The Model]
Danielle Darrieux
as Rosa [The House Of M...
Simone Simon
as Josephine [The Model...
Jean Gabin
as Joseph Rivet [The Ho...
Jean Servais
as The Friend/Narrator ...
as Frédéric
Paul Azaïs
as Owner Palais de Dans...
Antoine Balpêtré
as Monsieru Poulain
René Blanchard
as Mayor [The House Of ...
Pierre Brasseur
as Julien Ledentu the S...
Gaby Bruyère
as Frimousse The Mask's...
Mathilde Casadesus
as Louise [The House Of...
Henri Crémieux
as [The House Of Madame...
Jo Dest
as The German [The Hous...
Arthur Devère
as Employee [The House ...
Paulette Dubost
as Fernande [The House ...
Emile Genevois
as The Groom
Robert Lombard
as [The House Of Madame...
Héléna Manson
as Marie [The House Of ...
Jean Mayer
as [The House Of Madame...
Marcel Peres
as [The House Of Madame...
Louis Seigner
as Mr. Tourneveau [The ...
Michel Vadet
as Journalist [The Mode...
Janine Vienot
as His Friend
Georges Vitray
as The Captain [The Hou...
Anton Walbrook
as Narrator German Vers...
Charles Vissière
as Old Man from Normand...
Peter Ustinov
as Narrator English Ver...
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Critic Reviews for Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The director, Max Ophüls, reshapes the material with his distinctive blend of visual genius and bitter, worldly wisdom.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
New Yorker
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | August 5, 2003
Chicago Reader
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...a visually sumptuous yet tedious and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

This omnibus of three stories are all conventional ones told in a genteel conventional way, but the camerawork is sensational.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

Apart from that natural drawback of most anthologies - being a rather uneven piece made of contrasting stories -, this film is a charming and refreshing experience that benefits mainly from its sumptuous visuals and splendid use of travelling shots and long takes.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Le Plaisir" is based on three short stories by Guy de Maupassant, narrated by Jean Servais, who puts in an appearance in the third segment.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1) An old man, Ambrose(Jean Galland), seeks to reclaim his lost youth by attending dances disguised as a young man.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2) The closure of a popular brothel in Normandy on a Saturday night causes widespread unrest. Well, I guess the guys had to get the testosterone out of their system, somehow...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]3) The tempestuous relationship between an artist, Jean(Daniel Gelin), and a model, Josephine(Simone Simon).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Aided by virtuoso camerawork, Max Ophuls takes a charming look at what drives us. Is it the passion for what we once had, can only briefly have or something that we hold on to, too dearly? Along with the more material meanings, the religious definition of passion is also brought up.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The ending will more or less taunt you because it's like the similar conservative quotation from the other classic film,The Great Dictator,with different themes that is.I preach for your flexible safety,denying to accuse the numbness of the man in the last tale.Nevertheless,let it not prevent you from enjoying this gem.A succulent beauty is a fine-maintained delicacy,preferably on the second story,and passion is the fruitful inspiration.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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