Sacha Guitry was once a household name. Something of a Gallic counterpart to NÃ¶el Coward, this disarming, multitalented artist served up some of 1930s French cinemaâs tastiest dishes. The son of a beloved theater actor, Guitry was devoted to the footlights, first turning to the silver screen as a way of bringing his plays to a wider audience. His films were anything but stage-bound, however: often the director, writer, and star of his popular movies, Guitry brought a witty inventiveness to the cinema and deployed radical tactics with such aplomb and control that heâs considered one of the mediumâs first âcomplete auteurs.â With these four films, American audiences can finally sample Guitryâs creative, comic confections.
- Contains the films The Story of a Cheat, The Pearls of the Crown, Desire, and Quadrille