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Sacha Guitry (play)
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Release Date:
3 December 1937 (France) See more »
Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sacha Guitry ... Désiré, valet de chambre
Jacqueline Delubac ... Odette Cléry
Jacques Baumer ... Felix Montignac
Saturnin Fabre ... Adrien
Alys Delonce ... Femme d'Adrien

Arletty ... Madeleine, la femme de chambre
Pauline Carton ... Adèle, la cuisinière
Geneviève Vix ... La comtesse

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sacha Guitry  play

Produced by
Serge Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Adolphe Borchard 
Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
Film Editing by
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Production Design by
Jean Perrier 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Grangier .... assistant director
Guy Lacourt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Norbert Gernolle .... sound
Other crew
Jeanne Étiévant .... script girl

Production Companies
  • Cinéas (as Une Production Serge Sandberg)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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France:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)

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Remade as Désiré (1996)See more »


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The servant, 29 January 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

Like many (all?) Guitry's movies ,"Désiré " begins with a spoken "cast and credits" .It was before Welles' "Magnificent Ambersons" wasn't it? Paying a tribute ,not only to his actors but also to all those obscure people who contributed to the movie was pretty smart and generous on Guitry's part,a director whose films were slagged off by critic Georges Sadoul as "mirrors of his ego" " canned plays" .

Time has done Guitry justice.Two of his movies ,this one and "Quadrille" were recently remade.That said ,in spite of brilliant sequences,I think that "Désiré " is too talky -with his scenes with then-wife Delubac ,his delivery is so rapid ,it's sometimes impossible to catch all he is saying.

Désiré is a butler who seduces the posh ladies who hire him.As soon he is in the house,Odette begins to dream she's a love affair with him.The problem is that she speaks and even shouts when she's dreaming and her lover (a politician) is not prepared to accept it.A "Freudian" book about dreams -the kind of work you easily find in a dime store- puzzles the lady.

The second half of the play is not as funny as the first one.The arrival of a stupid hard of hearing old "friend" gets in the way.One should note that the first part did include some memorable scenes by Arletty and Pauline Carton as the chamber maid and the cook .

A good (but not great) Guitry.

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