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Confessions of a Cheat

Confessions of a Cheat

A Feature film by Sacha Guitry

Produced by Cineas

Release in France : 19/09/1936

    Synopsis

    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...

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Cineas

    French distribution :

    Films Sonores Tobis

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Télédis

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Production

    Most of the film takes place in flashback, with a voiceover narration by Guitry (in his role as the Cheat) in which he also speaks the dialogue of the other actors. Only in the 'present' scenes is any dialogue spoken by other actors (notably Marguerite Moreno). This technique of a voiceover narration which interprets the action has echoes of the 'film explainer' who was sometimes used to narrate silent films, and it has also been seen as a model for the type of narration used by Orson Welles in The Magnificent Ambersons. Guitry also used the spoken word to present the actors and technicians as they are introduced on-camera at the start of the film, instead of the conventional printed credits.

    Reception

    On its release in France, the film met with a mixed reception, but it subsequently maintained a reputation among critics and film-makers as one of Guitry's best films; in 2008 it was included in Cahiers du Cinéma's list of 100 most important films.

    The film was released in the UK and USA, and enjoyed significant success. In London a reviewer for The Times commented on its elaborate narrative structure: "As always when the difficulties and disadvantages of a constricting technique are overcome, there is an effect of unity and precision which freedom cannot often give". When the film opened at the Academy Cinema in London in September 1937, it ran there for four months. Around the UK it was shown in 400 cinemas.[5] In the USA, the reviewer for The New York Times described it as "witty, impudent, morally subversive" and commented, "Only a man of Guitry's impudence could have succeeded in making 'The Story of a Cheat' the clever picture that it is".

    Source : Wikipedia

    Full credits (9)

    Dialogue Writer :

    Sacha Guitry

    Screenwriter :

    Sacha Guitry

    Sound Recordist :

    Paul Duvergé

    Editor :

    Myriam

    Artistic Director :

    Henri Menessier

    Producer :

    Serge Sandberg

    Director of Photography :

    Marcel Lucien

    Assistant Operator :

    Raymond Clunie

    Music Composer :

    Adolphe Borchard

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1936

    French release :

    19/09/1936

    Runtime :

    1 h 21 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    2004

    Visa issue date :

    07/11/1941

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1936

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1936)

    Selection

    Official Competition