Le Plaisir

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Ophüls' second French film following his return from the USA was adapted from three stories by Maupassant. Le Masque describes how an old man wears a mask of youth at a dance hall to extend his youthful memories. La Maison Tellier, the longest episode, deals with a day's outing for the ladies from a brothel, and a brief romance. In Le Modéle, the model in question jumps from a window for love of an artist, who then marries her. Although Ophüls had to drop a fourth story intended to contrast pleasure and death, these three on old age, purity and marriage are shot with a supreme elegance and sympathy, and the central tale in particular luxuriates in the Normandy countryside. The whole is summed up by the concluding line, that 'happiness is no lark'.

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Duration: 95 mins

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Director: Max Ophüls
Screenwriter: Jacques Natanson, Max Ophüls
Cast: Danielle Darrieux
Madeleine Renaud
Daniel Gélin
Simone Simon
Claude Dauphin
Jean Gabin
Pierre Brasseur
Gaby Morlay
Ginette Leclerc
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