From Maupassant

From Maupassant

2 Episodes

Jean Renoir’s tender idyll and Max Ophuls’ dazzling triptych were adapted from short stories by Guy de Maupassant, a writer “second only to Shakespeare in his inspiration of great movies” according to critic Richard Brody.

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From Maupassant
  • A Day in the Country

    Episode 1

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1936 • France

    This bittersweet film from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family’s picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as a short feat...

  • Le plaisir

    Episode 2

    Directed by Max Ophuls • 1952 • France

    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 ...