Sacha Guitry

The Story of a Cheat

The Story of a Cheat

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.

Film Info

  • Sacha Guitry
  • France
  • 1936
  • 81 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry

Eclipse 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry

DVD Box Set

4 Discs


The Story of a Cheat
Sacha Guitry
Cheat (mature)
Marguerite Moreno
Jacqueline Delubac
Roger Duchesne
Serge Abramich
Rosine Deréan
Jewel Thief
Elmire Vautier
Countess (younger)
Serge Grave
Cheat (boy)
Pauline Carton
Madame Morlot
Pierre Assay
Cheat (young man)
Henri Pfeifer
Monsieur Charbonnier
Gaston Dupray
Pierre Labry
Cousin Morlot
Sacha Guitry
Serge Sandberg .
Screenplay by
Sacha Guitry
Marcel Lucien
Raymond Clunie
Art direction
Henri Ménessier
Adolphe Borchard

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