Le Roman d'un tricheur (1938)
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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.
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.
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