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Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure) (1999)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1999 Wide

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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)

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...a visually sumptuous yet tedious and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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This omnibus of three stories are all conventional ones told in a genteel conventional way, but the camerawork is sensational.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Le Plaisir illustrates not merely Ophüls's unparalleled sense of flow and texture, but also his proto-feminism.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Le Plaisir is a miracle.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A minor anthology delight from Max Ophüls

July 18, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

Apart from the natural drawback found in most anthologies, which is being a rather uneven piece made of contrasting stories, this film is a charming and refreshing experience that mostly benefits from its sumptuous visuals and splendid use of travelling shots and long takes.
October 17, 2012
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[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]
December 12, 2007
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Walter M.

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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.
October 28, 2008
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Dimitris Springer

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