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The Private Life of an Actor (1948)

Le comédien (original title)
Biography of Lucien Guitry, stage comedian, by his son, movie director, and a poetic reflection on the passionate love of both men for their chosen art forms.

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Lucien Guitry / Himself
Lana Marconi ...
Catherine Maillard
Jacques Baumer ...
M. Maillard, l'oncle
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Elise Belanger
Marguerite Pierry ...
Antoinette Vervier
Léon Belières ...
Albert Bloch, Le directeur théatral
Maurice Teynac ...
L'auteur dramatique
Yvonne Hébert ...
La directrice du cabinet de lecture
Ludmilla Pitoëff ...
Eleonora, La Duse
Simone Paris ...
Mlle. Margaret Simonet
Jeanne Véniat ...
Mme. Guitry mère
Madeleine Suffel ...
La cuisinière
Sandra Milovanoff ...
La servante russe
Georges Grey ...
L'acteur jouant
Jean Périer ...
Lui-même / Himself
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Biography of Lucien Guitry, stage comedian, by his son, movie director, and a poetic reflection on the passionate love of both men for their chosen art forms.

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Actor Proof
10 April 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It was, perhaps, inevitable that Sacha Guitry would eventually get round to writing about his father, Lucien, a star of Le Comedy Francaise and a couple of Silent films (he died in 1925) and an actor of the school that included Jack Barrymore, Bransby Williams and others of that ilk.

Never one to hide his light under a bushel Sacha plays a dual role of father and son and clearly has a lot of fun panning from himself to himself as if to challenge the audience to hold its collective breath. He limns his father economically as in the scene where Lucien is in his study declaiming aloud from a favorite text only to be interrupted by the telephone: 'Pardon, Moliere' cries the thespian to the playwright as he answers it. Elsewhere Guitry shoots a scene almost entirely in a mirror, a schtick he had used in other films. A fine addition to the Guitry canon.


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