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The movie is something of a one-man show: Guitry adapted the screenplay from his own novel, and fills the film with his mordant voice-over.
The peculiarity of the narrative is that it forgoes dialogue in favour of a non-stop commentary by the author... it's quite unique, with the hero's ruthlessness paralleled by Guitry's own in never letting anyone else get a look in.
A witty, impudent, morally subversive show which every one should see for his own content and out of sheer curiosity about the kind of fellow who is not satisfied with writing, directing and starring in a picture, but must play seven [roles] as well.
A fast-paced, quasi-comedy is propelled entirely by Guitry's narration.
This 1936 tour de force can be regarded as a kind of concerto for the writer-director-performer's special brand of brittle cleverness.
One of Sacha Guitry's most enjoyably ephemeral soufflés.
Some of this is amusing -- particularly the parts that take place at the gaming tables in Monte Carlo -- but not enough for the film's 83 minutes.
... takes the idea of narration to a new level in a comic memoir of a reluctant scoundrel... recounting his life in snappy flashbacks with running commentary.
Sometimes using reversed footage and assembling elaborate montages, Guitry created an idiosyncratic aesthetic.
An exciting, funny, innovative, and brilliant effort from one of France's most prolific playwrights and filmmakers.
the film is from 1936, it is an absolute delight, reminding me a bit of 'kind hearts and coronets' and i certainly look forward to more of guitry's work. there's a nice eclipse set or try hulu plus
In "The Story of a Cheat," a 54-year old man(Sacha Guitry, who also wrote and directed) feels that it is finally time for him to write his life story in a cafe across the street from a house he used to own. That starts when he was a boy(Serge Grave), living in an extended household of twelve, of which he is the sole survivor when he is sent to bed without dinner due to stealing 8 sous to buy marbles, saving him from a lethal batch of mushrooms. A mutual agreement with distant cousins has him alone again, this time gainfully employed as a doorman before heading to Paris and trouble.
"The Story of a Cheat" is a delightfully sublime movie about the role chance plays in our lives. Considering the unpredictability, there is really no sense in feeling guilty about things beyond one's control. What Guitry shows is a fine control over an innovative style that begins with the opening credits introducing the cast and crew which adds a little artifice to the proceedings. In detailing the man's life with the right combination of pathos and absurdity, almost the only words spoken are those of the narrator which might reflect this being made in the early days of sound.
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