• France
  • 1937
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  •  

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), who is involved with a stuffy politician. A carefree class farce filled with memorable supporting characters, Désiré blurs the distinction between upstairs and downstairs.

Cast

Désiré TronchaisSacha Guitry
Odette CléryJacqueline Delubac
FelixJacques Baumer
AdèlePauline Carton
Adrien CornicheSaturnin Fabre
Madame CornicheAlys Delonde
Madeleine, the chambermaidArletty
CountessGenevieve Vix

Credits

DirectorSacha Guitry
ProducerSerge Sandberg
Screenplay bySacha Guitry
CinematographyJean Bachelet
Custom...Jean Perrier
SoundNorbert Gernolle
EditingMyriam
MusicAdolphe Borchard
Assistant directorsGuy Lacourt and Albert Sandberg
Script girlJeanne Étiévant

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On the Channel: Olivier Assayas Talks Sacha Guitry

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A compelling reason to check out the splendid comedies in our new Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry, from DVD Town’s Christopher Long: “The appeal of Sacha Guitrys cinema in one word: . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry

By Michael Koresky July 26, 2010

THE STORY OF A CHEAT: BREAKING THE RULES While most filmmakers arrive at their profession already possessed of a vigorous love of cinema, Sacha Guitry saw the form, at least at first, as a . . . Read more »

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