This is, plainly, a masterful piece of work....and yet, not quite a masterpiece. One gets the feeling that Ophuls was so concerned with "making it perfect", that he never quite "makes it matter". Regardless, it is a pleasure to watch, and the vanished world it depicts is matched by the vanished charms of the cinema of its time. Would that Ophuls had been able to complete it with his story of choice, "La Femme de Paul", in which the heroine abandons her boyfriend for a group of Parisian lesbians. THAT might have pushed a film that is extraordinarily pleasant, into something just plain extraordinary.
Entertaining. Maupassant - any time.
A beautiful film, cinematography, costumes, production design and locations make this a feast for the eyes. It's 3 stories, very simple and actually not a lot happens but the characters are colorful and the actors are very good. Max Ophuls was known for his camera work that seemed to go through walls and Le Plaisr is a great example.
Enchanting throughout. Maupassant's shrewd insights and Ophul's surprisingly mobile camera. The second tale is deeply moving.
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