Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)
Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure) (1954)

The works of Guy de Maupassant have likely been adapted by more French filmmakers than those of any other author (with the possible exception of Georges Simenon). Max Ophuls harnesses three Maupassant short stories to suit his artistic… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 19, 1954
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The director, Max Ophüls, reshapes the material with his distinctive blend of visual genius and bitter, worldly wisdom.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Le Plaisir illustrates not merely Ophüls's unparalleled sense of flow and texture, but also his proto-feminism.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a visually sumptuous yet tedious and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Le Plaisir is a miracle.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This omnibus of three stories are all conventional ones told in a genteel conventional way, but the camerawork is sensational.

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Jeremy Heilman

A minor anthology delight from Max Ophüls

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Apart from that natural drawback of most anthologies - being a rather uneven piece made of contrasting stories -, this film is a charming and refreshing… More
Walter M.
[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… More
Dimitris Springer
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… More