Sunday, 30 June 2013

1974, Film: 'Stavisky'

The French-Italian coproduction 'Stavisky' is released in France on 15 May 1974. The film is based on the life of the financier and embezzler Serge Alexandre Stavisky and the circumstances leading to his mysterious death in 1934. This led to a political scandal in France known as the Stavisky Affair. It resulted with the resignation of two prime ministers and a change of government.

The film is directed by Alain Resnais and stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as Stavisky and Anny Duperey as his beautiful wife Arlette. The musical score is written by Stephen Sondheim.

With his irresistible charm and talent Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky (Jean-Paul Belmondo), small-time swindler, makes friends with influential members of the French industrial and political elite during the early 1930s. But when his great scam involving hundreds millions of francs gets exposed it results in an unprecedented scandal...
Jean-Paul Belmondo as Stavisky

Main Cast
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo as Serge Alexandre Stavisky
  • François Périer as Albert Borelli
  • Anny Duperey as Arlette
  • Michel Lonsdale as Dr Mézy
  • Claude Rich as Inspecteur Bonny
  • Charles Boyer as Baron Raoul
Right: Anny Duperey as Arlette
  • Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor award for Charles Boyer (1974)
  • National Board of Review, USA: NBR Award Top Foreign Films (1975)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: NYFCC Award Best Supporting Actor for Charles Boyer (1974)
Charles Boyer as Baron Raoul and Jean-Paul Belmondo as Stavisky


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