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Curtain Rising on Another Classic at the Cinematheque | by Madison Guy
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Curtain Rising on Another Classic at the Cinematheque

I love the UW Cinematheque, and last night we saw another classic, Le Plaisir by Max Ophuls. That gorgeous curtain rose creakily ("We're going to have that fixed," said Tom Yoshikami, who introduced the showing) and we soon were transported to a magical world of sparkling silver screen imagery (a print flown in from France) and fluid cinematography that seemed all the more amazing for having been filmed in 1952. No wonder that filmmakers as different as Todd Haynes (who introduces the Criterion DVD) and Martin Scorsese revere Ophuls, one of the great masters of the tracking shot. Three Guy de Maupassant stories beautifully reinterpreted by Ophuls at the height of his powers -- a great film experience, one that remains as vivid in my mind the day after, unlike so many movies that start fading away the minute you leave the theater. More at my blog Letter from Here,

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Taken on November 15, 2008