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Une Partie de Plaisir / quad / UK

10.01.13

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Title
Une Partie de Plaisir
AKA
Pleasure Party (USA) | A Piece of Pleasure (International English title)
Year of Film
1975
Director
Claude Chabrol
Starring
Danièle Gégauff, Paul Gégauff, Clémence Gégauff, Paula Moore, Cécile Vassort, Giancarlo Sisti, Mario Santini, Michel Valette, Pierre Santini
Origin of Film
Italy | France
Genre(s) of Film
Danièle Gégauff, Paul Gégauff, Clémence Gégauff, Paula Moore, Cécile Vassort, Giancarlo Sisti, Mario Santini, Michel Valette, Pierre Santini,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1977
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
29 9/16" x 40 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
A frighteningly real experience yet very much a Chabrol film

A wild design on this British quad for the 1977 release of Une Partie de Plaisir, from the late French director Claude Chabrol. The film follows middle-class couple Philipe (played by screenwriter Paul Gégauff) and Esther (his wife at the time Danièle Gégauff) whose apparently idyllic life is interrupted when they decide to add excitement to their lives by sleeping with other people and then describe the events to each other. Things turn tragic after Philipe is engulfed in jealousy. Life imitated art in 1983 when Paul Gégauff was tragically stabbed to death by his second wife on Christmas Eve, 1983. Chabrol and Gégauff had worked together on 14 films before his death.

Claude Chabrol was a critic for the influential French magazine Cahiers du cinéma before turning his hand to directing with Le Beau Serge (1958) a celebrated entry into what became known as the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) of experimental filmmaking. Chabrol was by far the most prolific director among his colleagues and contemporaries that included Jean-Luc GodardFrançois Truffaut and Éric Rohmer. He was known for his thrillers and some of his more critically acclaimed films include Les Biches (1968), Les Noches Rouges (1973) and Violette Nozière (1978). Chabrol passed away aged 80 in 2010 and the Guardian newspaper published an excellent obituary.

The film was released in the UK in 1977 by the distributor Artificial Eye which is known for specialising in foreign language and art-house films. The company was formed in 1976 so it’s likely that this film would have been one of their first cinematic releases.

I’m unsure who is responsible for the artwork on this poster so if you have any ideas please get in touch.