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. —IMDb
While a seminal figure of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais was not, like so many of his contemporaries, an alumnus of the film journal Cahiers du Cinema. In fact, he existed well outside of the sphere of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Jacques Rivette, with a dedication to formalism, modernist concerns, and social and political issues not found in the work of his fellow innovators. Focusing repeatedly on themes of time and memory, Resnais drew from the well of serious literature to offer a singular philosophical and artistic vantage point, employing enigmatic narrative structures, lush cinematography, and lyrical editing patterns to create some of the most provocative and controversial work of the period. Born June 3, 1922, in Vannes, France, Resnais began making his first 8 mm films at the age of 14. In 1943 he enrolled at the newly formed Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographie, leaving the following year after declaring his studies too theoretical. He… read more
Not as formally inventive as "Hiroshima Mon Amour" or "Last Year at Marienbad," "Stavisky..." remains essential Resnais viewing for its intricate, moving tale of a con artist whose scandal topples the French political order. As always, Belmondo's charm is effortless, inviting sympathy for a sociopath seeking love (much like Charles Foster Kane). The theme by Stephen Sondheim haunted me for days.
Is it just my perception, or does Stephen Sondheim's score for Alain Resnais' STAVISKY... (1974) sound very Ravelesque?
A kaleidoscopic sample of film music: impossible fantasies, lush atmospheres, epic operas, sophisticated seductions.
The cult director of Two-Lane Blacktop returns with his first feature in twenty years.
Stavisky, il grande truffatore 1974
Alain Resnais with Jorge Semprún as writer serve up this stunning recreation of the early thirties bracketing the machinations of a swindler… read review
As the credits flash on screen, the title Stavisky…, with its punctuative ellipsis, immediately suggests that this second collaboration between Alain Resnais and writer Jorge Semprun will… read review