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Le Plaisir

Max Ophuls's 1951 anthology film (a popular form of the time that has sadly fallen into disuse) collects three short stories by Guy de Maupassant, each dealing with the ideal of “pleasure” in a different context: old age, sex, and sacrifice. On the whole, the film falls below the level of the work that surrounds it, La Ronde and The Earrings of Madame de . . . , but it unmistakably belongs to Ophuls's postwar period, one of the most extraordinary creative peaks in film history. In French with subtitles. 98 min.

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