Eclipse Series 22:  Presenting Sacha Guitry Eclipse Series 22:  Presenting Sacha Guitry

Eclipse Series 22:
Presenting Sacha Guitry

 
Eclipse Series 22:  Presenting Sacha Guitry (Eclipse DVD)

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4 Discs

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Sacha Guitry was once a household name. Something of a Gallic Noël 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 only 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 techniques 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.

Collector’s Set Includes

The Story of a Cheat box cover

The Story of a Cheat

Sacha Guitry 1936

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 that of the film’s skillful editing and cinematography.


The Pearls of the Crown box cover

The Pearls of the Crown

Sacha Guitry 1937

Sacha Guitry plays four roles in this whirlwind of pageantry investigating the history of seven pearls, four of which end up on the crown of England and three of which go missing. The Pearls of the Crown rockets through four centuries of European history with imaginative, winking irreverence.


Désiré box cover

Désiré

Sacha Guitry 1937

Sacha Guitry exchanges his usual top hat for a uniform in Désiré, playing a cavalier valet embroiled in an awkward flirtation with his new employer, played by the actor-director’s real-life wife, Jacqueline Delubac.


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Quadrille

Sacha Guitry 1938

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—to whom he plans to finally propose—is uncontrollably drawn to a handsome American movie star.