Presenting Sacha Guitry: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

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Presenting Sacha Guitry: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

Sacha Guitry was once a household name. Something of a Gallic counterpart to Noel Coward, this disarming, multitalented artist served up some of 1930s French cinema's tastiest dishes. The son of a beloved theater actor, Guitry was devoted to the footlights, first turning to the silver screen as a way of bringing his plays to a wider audience. His films were anything but stage-bound, however: often the director, writer, and star of his popular movies, Guitry brought a witty inventiveness to the cinema and deployed radical tactics with such aplomb and control that he's considered one of the medium's first "complete auteurs." With these four films, American audiences can finally sample Guitry's creative, comic confections.

The Story Of A Cheat (Le roman d'un tricheur)

Considered Sacha Guitry's masterpiece, this fleet, witty picaresque about a gambler and petty thief is a whimsical delight. Guitry himself stars as the "tricheur" looking back fondly on a life of crime, which he narrates with an effervescence matched by his clever editing

and cinematography. With its rapid storytelling and inventive use of voice-over, The Story Of A Cheat's style has influenced filmmakers from Orson Welles to Francois Truffaut.

The Pearls Of The Crown (Les perles de la couronne)

Sacha Guitry plays four roles - including King Francis I and Napoleon - in this multilingual whirlwind of pageantry that investigates the fate of three pearls missing from the royal crown of England. Guitry's first script written directly for the screen rockets through four centuries of

European history with imaginative, winking irreverence.

Desire

Sacha Guitry exchanges his usual top hat for a uniform in Desire, in which he plays a cavalier valet embroiled in an

awkward flirtation with his new employer (played by the

actor-director's real-life wife, Jacqueline Delubac), who is involved with a stuffy politician. A carefree class farce filled with memorable supporting characters, Desire blurs the line between upstairs and downstairs.

Quadrille

A sparkling four-way affair overflowing with dialogue that showcases writer-director Sacha Guitry's wit, Quadrille stars Guitry as a magazine editor whose longtime girlfriend (whom he hopes to make his fiancée) is uncontrollably drawn to a handsome American movie

star. Meanwhile, a discerning reporter (Jacqueline Delubac) watches from the sidelines with amusement and provides the final corner of this romantic rectangle.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 21 2010
  • Production Year 1936
  • Empire SKU 1530582
  • UPC Code 715515063210
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

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Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
    French Dolby Digital Mono
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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