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Le roman d'un tricheur
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26 September 1938 (USA) See more »
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Sacha Guitry ... Le tricheur / The Cheat (mature)
Marguerite Moreno ... L'aventurière / The Countess

Jacqueline Delubac ... Henriette

Roger Duchesne ... Serge Abramovich

Rosine Deréan ... La voleuse / The Jewel Thief
Elmire Vautier ... L'aventuriere, jeune fille / The Countess (younger)
Serge Grave ... Le tricheur, petit garçon / The Cheat, as a boy

Pauline Carton ... Mme Morlot - la tante

Fréhel ... La chanteuse / Redhead (singer)
Pierre Labry ... M. Morlot
Pierre Assy ... Le trichur, jeune homme / The Cheat (young man)
Henri Peiffert ... M. Charbonnier (as Henri Pfeifer)
Gaston Dupray ... Le garçon de café / Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolphe Borchard ... Himself (in prologue)
Myriam Borsoutsky ... Herself (in prologue)
Raymond Clunie ... Himself (in prologue)
Georges Derveaux ... Himself (in prologue)
Paul Duvergé ... Himself (in prologue)
Marcel Lucien ... Himself (in prologue)
Henri Ménessier ... Himself (in prologue)
Serge Sandberg ... Himself (in prologue)

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
Sacha Guitry (written by)

Produced by
Serge Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Adolphe Borchard 
Cinematography by
Marcel Lucien 
Film Editing by
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Art Direction by
Henri Ménessier 
Set Decoration by
Sound Department
Paul Duvergé .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Clunie .... assistant camera
Music Department
Georges Derveaux .... conductor (as M.G. Derveaux)
Ginette Martenot .... musician: ondes martenot (as Martenot)
Orchestre Pasdeloup .... orchestra

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le roman d'un tricheur" - France (original title)
"Confessions of a Cheat" - International (English title)
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France:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The story of a cheat., 21 September 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is a rather interesting and originally told movie. It focuses on the life of a charming scoundrel. It doesn't sound that interesting or original but its originality also really is more in the way the movie is being told. It's shot with actual little dialog on it and instead features a witty voice-over (by director/writer/main actor Sacha Guitry himself), who tells the story in an amusing way with a pleasant pace.

The movie not just begins with an introduction of the main characters but also that of some of the crew members who were involved with this movie. This already sorts of sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It's a very original and unique little movie, that due to its style and atmosphere also definitely as an highly entertaining one to watch. I wouldn't exactly call the style surrealistic and absurdism is perhaps a better word to describe the movie its style and pleasant, often subtle, comedy.

Its style always keeps the movie going and also makes this one of the faster paced movies from the '30's. It's also a reason why the movie is actually quite short, with its about 80 minutes of running time. Even though the movie basically covers the entire life span of a person, it's over before you know it.

You'll surely have a good time watching this very pleasant and highly original little film.


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