Sacha Guitry

The Pearls of the Crown

The Pearls of the Crown

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.

Film Info

  • Sacha Guitry
  • France
  • 1937
  • 105 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 Pearls of the Crown
Sacha Guitry
Jean Martin/François I/Barras/Napoléon III
Jacqueline Delubac
Françoise Martin/Marie Stuart/Joséphine de Beauharnais
Jean-Louis Barrault
Young Napoléon
Emile Drain
Napoléon I (1815)
Aimé Simon-Girard
Henry IV
Lyn Harding
Aide-de-camp of the king of England/Henry VIII
Simone Renant
Madame du Barry
Ermete Zacconi
Pope Clement VII
Queen of Abyssinia
Renee Saint-Cyr
Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne
Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry
Jules Kruger
W. Barache
Jean Françaix
Art direction
Jean Perrier
Costume design
Georges K. Benda

From The Current

Olivier Assayas Talks Sacha Guitry
Olivier Assayas Talks Sacha Guitry

A master of rib-tickling dialogue and an innovator of dazzling narrative techniques, playwright-turned-filmmaker Sacha Guitry has long been revered by French movie lovers as an indispensable figure in the nation’s cinematic heritage, but his work h…

Inside Criterion / On the Channel — Mar 27, 2017
Press Notes: Presenting
Sacha Guitry

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 Guitry´s cinema in one word: wit,” he writes in a review of the set. “Whethe…

Jul 29, 2010
Eclipse Series 22:
Presenting Sacha Guitry

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 necessary evil. Paris’s most popular and prolific playwri…

By Michael Koresky

Jul 26, 2010