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The Story of a Cheat (1936)

Le roman d'un tricheur (original title)
A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

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Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sacha Guitry ... Le tricheur / The Cheat (mature)
Marguerite Moreno Marguerite Moreno ... L'aventurière / The Countess
Jacqueline Delubac ... Henriette
Roger Duchesne ... Serge Abramovich
Rosine Deréan ... La voleuse / The Jewel Thief
Elmire Vautier Elmire Vautier ... L'aventuriere, jeune fille / The Countess (younger)
Serge Grave ... Le tricheur, petit garçon / The Cheat, as a boy
Pauline Carton ... Mme Morlot - la tante
Fréhel ... La chanteuse / Redhead (singer)
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... M. Morlot
Pierre Assy Pierre Assy ... Le trichur, jeune homme / The Cheat (young man)
Henri Peiffert Henri Peiffert ... M. Charbonnier (as Henri Pfeifer)
Gaston Dupray Gaston Dupray ... Le garçon de café / Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolphe Borchard Adolphe Borchard ... Himself (in prologue)
Myriam Borsoutsky Myriam Borsoutsky ... Herself (in prologue)
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Storyline

Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Racy Confessions of a Gay Boulevardier

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Cheat See more »

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Production Co:

Cinéas See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie to use a voice-over narration. See more »

Crazy Credits

Most of the credits are not printed but spoken in the director's opening narration. See more »

Soundtracks

Et v'là pourquoi
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Lyrics by Sacha Guitry
Music by Adolphe Borchard
Performed by Fréhel
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The story of a cheat.
21 September 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is a rather interesting and originally told movie. It focuses on the life of a charming scoundrel. It doesn't sound that interesting or original but its originality also really is more in the way the movie is being told. It's shot with actual little dialog on it and instead features a witty voice-over (by director/writer/main actor Sacha Guitry himself), who tells the story in an amusing way with a pleasant pace.

The movie not just begins with an introduction of the main characters but also that of some of the crew members who were involved with this movie. This already sorts of sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It's a very original and unique little movie, that due to its style and atmosphere also definitely as an highly entertaining one to watch. I wouldn't exactly call the style surrealistic and absurdism is perhaps a better word to describe the movie its style and pleasant, often subtle, comedy.

Its style always keeps the movie going and also makes this one of the faster paced movies from the '30's. It's also a reason why the movie is actually quite short, with its about 80 minutes of running time. Even though the movie basically covers the entire life span of a person, it's over before you know it.

You'll surely have a good time watching this very pleasant and highly original little film.

10/10

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