SACHA GUITRY: FOUR FILMS (1936-1938) REVIEWED
Guitry played like France’s answer to Noel Coward. This means young people will be annoyed by a Fopish old white guy making wordplay. These are parlor comedies that look at the foibles of pre World War II genteel life, as people try to make their way. Advice is passed and romance blooms between people. All the while, the older white guys keep fumbling about the place. Then, there’s the damn infidelity!
Everything old is new again and I spent my time watching these four films through the historical filter. These were films by a Russian immigrant who dominated French culture shortly before the Nazis arrived. His work was later rediscovered by talents such as Roger Vadim, but it never took over the international world. I can see Francophiles eating this stuff up, but there’s not a lot of cross the aisle entertainment here. But, it’s not like it was going to win over kids.
- Two French television documentaries: Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) and Thèmes et variations du cinéma: Guitry (1967)
- An interview with Guitry from the 1959 television series Magazine du théâtre
- 60-page limited edition book featuring new writing on the films
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM MONO
RELEASE DATE: 3/27/18
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Special Features - 93%93%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
Four Films 1936-1938 brings together a quartet of 1930s features by Sacha Guitry, the celebrated French filmmaker, playwright and actor of the stage and screen, each based on his earlier works. Indiscretions (Le Nouveau testament) follows a holier-than-though physician who is scuppered by his own hypocrisy. My Father Was Right (Mon pÃ¨re avait raison) tells off a man who, after being left by his wife for another man, raises his son to be wary of women. Let’s Dream (Faisons un Rave…) is another story of mistrust, between husband, wife and lovers. And the history of one of France’s most famous streets is retold in Up the Champs-Elysses (Remontons les Champs-Elysses), featuring multiple performances from Guitry himself. Available for the first time on Blu-ray this set presents some of Guitry’s earliest and most enjoyable works.