The Story of a Cheat The Story of a Cheat
  • France
  • 1936
  • 81 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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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 that of the film’s skillful editing and cinematography. With its rapid storytelling and novel use of voice-over, The Story of a Cheat has influenced filmmakers from Orson Welles to François Truffaut.

Cast

Cheat (mature)Sacha Guitry
CountessMarguerite Moreno
HenrietteJacqueline Delubac
Serge AbramichRoger Duchesne
Jewel ThiefRosine Deréan
Countess (younger)Elmire Vautier
Cheat (boy)Serge Grave
Madame MorlotPauline Carton
Cheat (young man)Pierre Assay
Monsieur CharbonnierHenri Pfeifer
WaiterGaston Dupray
Cousin MorlotPierre Labry
RedheadFréhel

Credits

DirectorSacha Guitry
ProducerSerge Sandberg .
Screenplay bySacha Guitry
CinematographyMarcel Lucien and Raymond Clunie
Art directionHenri Ménessier
EditingMyriam
MusicAdolphe Borchard

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