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A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Simar Films, Les Films Ariane

Release in France : 15/05/1974


    Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even most influential members of French industrial and political elite during the early 30s. But nothing lasts forever and when his great scam involving hundreds millions of francs gets exposed result is an unprecedented scandal that almost caused a civil war.

    Source : IMDb.

    Actors (37)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Associate producer :

    Cerito Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    STUDIOCANAL, Tamasa Distribution

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    The film began as a commission by Jean-Paul Belmondo to the screenwriter Jorge Semprún to develop a scenario about Stavisky. Resnais, who had previously worked with Semprún on La Guerre est finie, expressed his interest in the project (after a gap of six years since his previous film); he recalled seeing as a child the waxwork figure of Stavisky in the Musée Grevin, and immediately saw the potential of Belmondo to portray him as a mysterious, charming and elegant fraudster.

    Semprún described the film as "a fable upon the life of bourgeois society in its corruption, on the collaboration of money and power, of the police and crime, a fable in which Alexander's craziness, his cynicism, act as catalysts".

    Resnais said: "What attracted me to the character of Alexandre was his connection to the theatre, to show-business in general. Stavisky seemed to me like an incredible actor, the hero of a serial novel. He had the gift of bringing reality to his fantasies by means of regal gestures."  (Among many theatrical references, the film features a scene in the theatre in which Alexandre rehearses a scene from Giraudoux's Intermezzo, and another in which he attends a performance of Coriolanus. His office is adorned with theatrical posters.)

    Source : Wikipedia.

    Full credits (11)

    Assistant directors :

    Jean Léon, Florence Malraux

    Screenwriter :

    Jorge Semprún

    Director of Photography :

    Sacha Vierny

    Production Manager :

    Alain Belmondo

    Music Composer :

    Stephen Sondheim

    Costume designer :

    Jacqueline Moreau

    Producers :

    Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine

    Co-producer :

    Jean-Paul Belmondo

    Sound recordists :

    Bernard Bats, Jean-Pierre Ruh

    Editor :

    Albert Jurgenson

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Saulnier

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    Feature film

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    Adventure, Crime/thriller

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    Fraud, News story, Justice

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    Majority French (France)

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    1 h 55 min

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