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Le Roman d'un tricheur (1938)

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The Story of a Cheat (Le Roman d'un Tricheur) is widely regarded as one of French writer/director Sacha Guitry's best and most personal films. Guitry himself stars as a charismatic cardsharp who survives solely through the auspices of Lady Luck. The story is told almost completely in pantomime; the only voice heard is the narrator's (Guitry, but of course). Among the film's many highlights is the opening sequence, in which the young Guitry misbehaves and is banned from a family picnic--where his parents and siblings all die from eating toadstools. This segues into a side-splitting "black" gag in which an exhausted priest huffs and puffs as he tries to keep pace with the long line of coffins! It has sometimes been suggested that Sacha Guitry was telling his own life story in Story of a Cheat, equating the ins and outs of the film industry with the chicanery of the cardsharp. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy
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 wide
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Cast

Sacha Guitry
as The Cheat
Pierre Assy
as The Cheat
Jacqueline Delubac
as Young Woman
Rosine Derean
as The Jewel Thief
Serge Grave
as The Cheat
Marguerite Moreno
as The Countess
Pierre Labry
as M. Morlot
Pauline Carton
as Mme. Morlot
Frehel
as Singer
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½

Guitry has a blast with the form, from the introductions to all the cast and crew at the beginning to the way almost the entire story is told in narration (except for the parts that aren't flashback). It's a very lively, playful and inventive film. So why didn't I love it more? It was amusing but never funny, clever but never impressive, engaging but never enthralling. It's cute and charming enough, and I wanted to see how the story would unfold... it just doesn't deliver that something extra. I enjoyed it though. Doesn't hold up as the "masterpiece" it's often hailed as, but it's fun.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

a fantastic film that has clearly inspired soderberg's 'ocean's' films, as well as, of all things, 'ferris bueller's day off.' like 'ferris,' 'le roman d'un tricheur (diary of a cheat) uses direct camera address, as well as extensive voiceover in a playful actor/audience repartee. it is essentially a silent film re-purposed as a talkie by making use of hilarious, meandering narration by the lead character. it also serves as a showcase for the many talents of director sacha guitry, who plays the lead, does the narration, transforms into a multitude of personas, and also displays incredible slight of hand skills with both cards and coins.

Joe LaRue
Joe LaRue

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