Mary Poppins Returns
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The director, Max Ophüls, reshapes the material with his distinctive blend of visual genius and bitter, worldly wisdom.
...a visually sumptuous yet tedious and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work.
This omnibus of three stories are all conventional ones told in a genteel conventional way, but the camerawork is sensational.
Le Plaisir illustrates not merely Ophüls's unparalleled sense of flow and texture, but also his proto-feminism.
Le Plaisir is a miracle.
A minor anthology delight from Max Ophüls
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 tracking shots and long takes.
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.
[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]
[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]
[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]
[font=Century Gothic]3) The tempestuous relationship between an artist, Jean(Daniel Gelin), and a model, Josephine(Simone Simon).[/font]
[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]
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