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Stavisky... (1974)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  15 May 1974 (France)
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Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even most influential members of French industrial and political elite during ... See full summary »

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François Périer ...
Anny Duperey ...
Arlette
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Docteur Mézy
Roberto Bisacco ...
Juan Montalvo de Montalbon
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Inspecteur Bonny
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Le baron Jean Raoul
Pierre Vernier ...
Me Pierre Grammont
Marcel Cuvelier ...
Inspecteur Boussaud
Van Doude ...
Inspecteur principal Gardet
Jacques Spiesser ...
Michel Grandville
Michel Beaune ...
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Maurice Jacquemont ...
Gauthier
Silvia Badescu ...
Erna Wolfgang
Jacques Eyser ...
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Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even most influential members of French industrial and political elite during the early 30s. But nothing lasts forever and when his great scam involving hundreds millions of francs gets exposed result is an unprecedented scandal that almost caused a civil war. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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On February 7, 1934, the French Ministry of the Interior and the Paris Police Prefecture banned the showing of newsreel footage of the previous day's mêlée by right-wing royalists, war veterans and members of the anti-semitic, nationalist, anti-republican Action Francaise movement, who rioted to bring down the Daladier government over the Stavisky affair. The riots left 17 dead and 116 wounded. One Parisian cinema, Reginald Ford's Cineac Theatre, defied the censorship to show footage of the riots by the reactionary forces, which had been caught on-camera by French and foreign newsreel photographers. See more »

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good insight into a charming sociopath
31 October 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is far from my favorite French film, I did enjoy it--particularly as it did a good job of both including the historical aspects of 1933 with an in-depth portrait of a charming sociopath who had a touch of madness. The main character, Stavisky, was ably portrayed by Jean Paul Belmondo and it was very interesting to see the supporting work done by Charles Boyer (in one of his last films). However, I think the best work was done by the writers as they did an accurate job of showing a certain type of sociopath--the anti-social personality with some evidence of a thought disorder. The main character, though completely amoral and conniving, truly seemed to believe he was special and "moral" and that his illegal schemes would somehow magically work out fine. He stole and lied and cheated but somehow felt that society's laws were not intended for someone like him. In some ways, it makes you wonder if some of our most famous and successful moguls and politicians have a touch of Stavisky inside of them!


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