Max Ophüls at his best,
This review is from: Le Plaisir [DVD] (DVD)
Max Ophüls, to my mind one of the best film-directors ever, is at his best with the three short films on this dvd.
Each is based on a Maupassant short story, with the first and third much shorter than the second, and each is memorable, both for the story which unfolds and for the consummate beauty and sensitivity in its unfolding.
The first illustrates through its main character that consuming wish of at least some men to retain, come what may, their hold on the good things in life, i.e. wine, women and song, no matter their advancing years ; the second is a quite delightful tale which begins and ends in an establishment for which the term "brothel" seems terribly harsh, but which contains in the middle an idyllic jaunt into the country and back ; the third is the starkest of the three, but has at its heart too, like the others, the emotions that are stirred between man and woman.
Black and wine, aspect 4:3, and not to be missed...the music in the first two films is itself a treat.