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Le Plaisir Dual Format
Comedy / Drama / Romance

Le Plaisir

The French writer Guy de Maupassant has inspired many great filmmakers. Among those to adapt his short stories and novels were Jean-Luc Godard, Kenji Mizoguchi, Walerian Borowczyk, Harry Kümel, Luis Buñuel and Christian-Jacque. But it was arguably Max Ophuls, with his 1952 feature, Le Plaisir, who proved to be the most adept.

Le Plaisir takes three of de Maupassant’s stories as its source: in Le Masque, a masked dandy conceals a secret; in La Maison Tellier, the girls of a small-town brothel are taken on an outing to attend the communion of the madam’s niece; and in La Modèle, a painter falls in love with his model, but the course of love isn’t as smooth as either expected.

To tell these tales, Ophuls assembled a remarkable cast of French talent, including Jean Gabin (Pépé le MokoLa Grande Illusion), Pierre Brasseur (Eyes Without a FaceSpotlight on a Murderer), Danielle Darrieux (Madame de…Les Demoiselles de Rochefort), Claude Dauphin (Casque d’OrBarbarella), Simone Simon (Cat PeopleLa Ronde) and many more besides.

Production Year: 1952
Region Code: B
UK Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97
Number of Discs: 2
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Audio: 1.0 Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: B&W
Director Max Ophüls
Cast Jean Gabin
Cast Danielle Darrieux
Cast Simone Simon


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont
  • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • A Journey Through Le Plaisir, a 54-minute documentary by Philippe Roger featuring interviews with cast and crew, and a visit of the film’s locations fifty years on
  • Diary of a Film Shoot, an interview with Ophuls’ assistant director, Jean Valerie
  • An interview with Marcel Ophuls, the filmmaker son of Max
  • Le Plaisir Restored, Ronald Boullet and Andre Labbouz discuss the restoration process
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

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