The Champo - a small cinema du quartier in Paris - is to be applauded for staging this major retrospective of Sacha Guitry; since January of this year they've been screening one Guitry title twice a day from a pool of twenty five which means they've now screened all of them at least twice. Most of the time it's difficult to believe they come even close to the nut but today, perhaps because it was a Bank Holiday, there were about 60 patrons for the second screening at 4 pm. This is Guitry in urban mode which means sophisticated well-dressed people sitting in salons dishing dirt and playing sexual games. The only thing that comes anywhere near Guitry in this mode is Noel Coward and even that is slightly misleading; they were both primarily playrights, yes, and they tended to write with a swizzle stick rather than a pen, yes again, but really they were chalk and cheese. This is prime Guitry, nuff said.
Based on Guitry's own stage play about a sanctimonious fellow who eventually's victimized by his own hypocrisy. Little effort's made to "cinematize" the property, which's filmed just as it was staged. .
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