• France
  • 1937
  • 105 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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Sacha Guitry plays four roles—including François I and Napoleon III—in this multilingual 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.

Cast

Jean Martin/François I/Barras/Napoléon IIISacha Guitry
Françoise Martin/Marie Stuart/Joséphine de BeauharnaisJacqueline Delubac
Young NapoléonJean-Louis Barrault
Napoléon I (1815)Emile Drain
Henry IVAimé Simon-Girard
Aide-de-camp of the king of England/Henry VIIILyn Harding
Madame du BarrySimone Renant
Pope Clement VIIErmete Zacconi
Queen of AbyssiniaArletty
IndustrialistRaimu
Madeleine de la Tour d'AuvergneRenee Saint-Cyr

Credits

DirectorSacha Guitry
ScreenplaySacha Guitry and Christian-Jaque
CinematographyJules Kruger
EditingW. Barache and Myriam
MusicJean Françaix
Art directionJean Perrier
Costume designGeorges K. Benda

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