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Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter’s studios of late nineteenth-century French life, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity and storytelling bravura to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the limits of spiritual and physical pleasure. Featuring a stunning cast of French stars (including Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, and Simone Simon), Le plaisir pinpoints the cruel ironies and happy compromises of life with a charming and sophisticated breeziness.

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Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfer Introduction by filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) English- and German-language versions of the opening narration From Script to Screen, a video essay featuring film scholar Jean-Pierre Berthomé discussing the evolution of Max Ophuls’s screenplay for Le plaisir Interviews with actor Daniel Gélin, assistant director Tony Aboyantz, and set decorator Robert Christidès New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A new essay by film critic Robin Wood

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