Sacha Guitry entered the fifties profoundly more cynical than he had been before the war. The result was a series of acerbic murder mysteries through which he expressed his views on contemporary society. Michel Simon was his perfect partner in crime. Here he plays a peasant who shares his mediocre life with a despised wife and a jug of wine. In consultation with a lawyer, he “confesses” the murder of his wife, then, armed with that barrister’s brilliant plan of defense, returns home to commit a crime for which he knows he will be acquitted. “Society, after the war, for Guitry is no longer that blessed place where his characters can reign with lightness thanks to their astuteness, their charm or their taste for work well done. It’s now a jungle in which the weight of the characters’ acts, and even their astuteness, would seize him nearly with terror were he not protected by a perpetual irony.” (Jacques Lourcelles) —BAM/PFA
Sacha Guitry (21 February 1885 – 24 July 1957) was a French film actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright. He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1885, the son of the actor Lucien Guitry. Guitry wrote the libretto to the 1925 pastiche Mozart which contains a story about the fictional adventures of Mozart on a visit to Paris.
Except when mentioned, Guitry took part in all of his films as director, screenplay writer, dialogue writer, and actor. —Wikipedia