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THE STORY OF A CHEAT

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Part of the seriesTHE FRENCH OLD WAVE

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THE STORY  OF A CHEAT

(1936, Sacha Guitry) In a sidewalk café, middle-aged Sacha Guitry reflects on his life – his first lesson, after a childhood punishment kept him from the family’s (poisonous) mushroom treat: dishonesty pays. Then as he flashes back to bellhop, jewel thief, card sharp — and that disastrous outbreak of honesty — the action proceeds silently, with Guitry providing his own slyly ironic commentary. Approx. 81 min. 35mm.

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"This 1936 tour de force can be regarded as a kind of concerto for the writer-director-performer's special brand of brittle cleverness."
–  Jonathan Rosenbaum