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I Was It Three Times (1952)

Je l'ai été 3 fois! (original title)
A husband who had divorced twice because he had been betrayed by his former wives, takes his precautions to prevent the did to happen a third time. And yet it does.

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Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sacha Guitry ... Jean Renneval
Bernard Blier ... Henri Verdier / Hector van Broken
Lana Marconi Lana Marconi ... Thérèse Verdier
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... Lucie Verdier
Solange Varenne Solange Varenne ... Juliette Verdier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Carton ... Mme. Dutiquesnois, Renneval's assistant
Raymond Lamy Raymond Lamy ... Self - an editor
Robert LeRoy Robert LeRoy ... Self - a producer
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Jean Renneval, a mature and attractive stage actor, seduces Thérèse Verdier, a beautiful woman whom he notices attending the play one evening. Henri Verdier, her husband, is about to leave in a business appointment, but he makes arrangements with Henriette - Thérèse's friend - to stay at his place, and sleep there after dinner. He has learned from his first two earlier wives: Lucie cuckoo-ed him with Hector van Broken, his look-a-like; and Juliette with the sultan Hammanlif. His friend Marinier goes with him in the car to the railway station, and during their conversation, Verdier decides to return home - only to find he has been betrayed a third time. Renneval leaves the bedroom already dressed and composed with his costume of cardinal, and with his rhetoric convinces Verdier to accept his fate. Written by Artemis-9

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Saucy Guitry
27 March 2018 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

This is the first time I've had to write the solitary first review of a film here, and I want you to know the responsibility weighs heavy on my shoulders. I will try not to let you down.

This is the third or fourth Sacha Guitry film I've seen, since falling under the spell of 'La Poison' only a week ago.

"I've Already Been Three Times" (the title refers to the number of times a character recounts he has been both unfaithful and cuckolded) is clearly one of his lesser efforts, not much more than a bedroom farce, and at moments not too far off an early 'Carry On' film, but one with all the repression and shame removed, and replaced instead with a love of the mysteries of life and the hungers of the flesh. Not a lot really happens, and most of that in flashback, but the dialogue sparkles with brazen frankness and there are lovely magical leaps of imagination and creativity in moments you would not expect to find them in many other films (the empty nightclub scene, for example). Like 'Lovers And Thieves' it sags a good deal in the middle but the 'Cardinal' conversation at the end is fantastic and very funny.

Some people find Guitry's habit of beginning his films with a voiceover introducing each of the cast and crew in imaginative ways tiresome, but I find it rather charming. All true artists must leave fingerprints that are their own.

I want so much to live in the eternal summer of Guitry's Paris, sadly now a thing of the past, if it ever existed at all. But at least we'll always have it here.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 October 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Did It Three Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Monte Carlo, Monaco See more »

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1.37 : 1
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