House of Pleasure

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Movie Info

A doctor (Jean Gabin), an artist (Daniel Gélin) and a madam (Madeleine Renaud) appear in vignettes from stories by Guy de Maupassant.

Cast & Crew

Jean Gabin
Joseph Rivet (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Daniel Gélin
Jean, the painter (segment "Le Modèle")
Madeleine Renaud
Mme Tellier (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Claude Dauphin
The Doctor (segment "Le Masque")
Simone Simon
Joséphine (segment "Le Modèle")
Jean Servais
Jean's friend, Voice of Maupassant (segment "Le Modèle")
Danielle Darrieux
Rosa (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Pierre Brasseur
Julien Ledentu, the Salesman (segment "La Maison Tellier")
Jean Galland
Ambroise (mask bearer) (segment "Le Masque")
Gaby Morlay
Denise, Ambroise's wife (segment "Le Masque")
Édouard Harispuru
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M. Kieffer
Producer
Joe Hajos
Original Music
Maurice Yvain
Original Music
Philippe Agostini
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

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Audience Reviews for Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)

  • Jun 11, 2013
    One more time, the camera becomes an intangible character, neutral as Maupassant's enchanting vision of the irrationality of pleasure our multiple emotional deviations, but powerful as well; it is a sublime conqueror of spaces that dances around the cinematic rhythm of the protagonists that share the same impulse: <i>plaisir</i>. Wonderful nocturne and multicolored landscapes illuminate the delicacy of the three tales; at some point, it seemed like Öphuls was screaming for a chance to make a film in color. Thank God, he achieved that with his last feature. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2012
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2007
    [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][/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][/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][/font] [font=Century Gothic]3) The tempestuous relationship between an artist, Jean(Daniel Gelin), and a model, Josephine(Simone Simon).[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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