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Is he married?
8 February 2011
-On the contrary,he is a bishop!
Another settlement of scores for Guitry ;More were to come :"Assassins
Et Voleurs" ,"La Poison" ...Guitry who was interned after the
Liberation never really got over it."Le Diable Boiteux" (what a title!)
is a transparent metaphor and Reductio ad Absurdum (as was often the
case with this auteur)that cashing in on all sides,changing sides ,can
be "useful" ,good for the homeland ,because if you do it,it is because
you do love your country .Anyway opportunism has always been the rule
for many politicians and we still find many of these persons today in
France or all around the world.And we always will.
"Le Diable Boiteux" might seem less palatable than Guitry 's other
"historical " extravaganzas ,particularly in its first part.But it hits
its stride halfway and the final is brilliant beyond belief
:extraordinary lines ,with puns galore ,wit is here there and
everywhere .One thing that Guitry does best: his character gets older
and older in front of our eyes ;when he meets the English
ambassadors,we really feel he is about to die.Death and obsession for
immortality were always present in Guitry 's best later movies.
Outstanding scenes: -the servants ,talking about their master,before HE
appears ,a trick Guitry borrowed from Molière.
-the wall with its "long live the emperor" "long live the king" "down
with the emperor" "long live the republic" etc...The writing may be on
the wall ,but French people are as opportunistic as their leaders
,ready to disown what they liked yesterday.
-the "Restauration" with the three kings ,all waiting for their turn
and hoping for an interesting death.
-the meeting in Vienna where the allied (France ain't one of us!they
were defeated!),full of finer feelings ,are actually carrion eaters
,ready to carve up Poland and Belgium.
But "Le Diable Boiteux" is so rich a movie everyone will find his
favorite sequences .
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