Based on Guitry's own stage play about a sanctimonious fellow who eventually's victimized by his own hypocrisy. Little effort's made to "cinematize" the property, which's filmed just as it was staged. .
Oozing sensuality, a young woman arrives in a small town and gets married to the local mechanic. Was it love at first sight? What links her enigmatic presence to the family's piano? Is it curiosity or is it something far more sinister?
Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, U.S. marine, Maj. Matt Lewis, along with British consul, Sir Arthur Robertson, develop a plan to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force can arrive.
"Women are made for marriage, and men are made to be bachelors. That's the trouble!" Writer-director Guitry stars as a cuckold in a stuffed shirt whose wounded pride predestines his son for a lifelong suspicion of the fairer sex. But the film's rapid-fire dialogue and huffy moralizing are only a disguise: its true beating heart is in this sweet depiction of paternal devotion and filial tenderness, spread evenly across three generations of befuddled Frenchmen. Hilarity ensues, as it so often does, when their seemingly unflappable bond between is tested by womanhood in all its wily unpredictability.
Based ,like all the Guitry movies of the era, on one of the playwright's work ,"Mon Père Avait Raison" ,despite moments of unquestionable brilliance,is a desultory even a bit confusing work.One sees little of the writer's genius which produces such classics as "LES Perles De LA Couronne" or "La Vie D'Un Honnête Homme" .
The scene between Guitry and his father already shows,in 1936,the fear of getting old (which would be even more obvious in such works as "Debureau" or even the Maintenon/Louis XIV scenes in "Si Versailles M'Etait Conté" ) and of dying ;the father revealing he tells all the people around he is older than he really is ,it's a scene which is not anodyne but is more a way of deceiving death (later the search for immortality would be a permanent feature in the director's works)than interest in his appearance.
Another remarkable scene shows Guitry's unfaithful wife who succeeds in proving him she has always been faithful (for she was true to her lover till he died), Reductio Ad Absurdum,one of Guitry's forte.
Father may be right ,father knows best ,but father is going to die ,so Carpe Diem!It's a happy end ,provided you don't know Guitry's later works.
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