Sacha Guitry plays four roles—including King Francis I and Napoleon—in this multilingual whirlwind of pageantry that investigates the fate of three pearls missing from the royal crown of England. Guitry’s first script written directly for the screen rockets through four centuries of European history with imaginative, winking irreverence.
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
I like how every description of this film is about how great it is, how great Guitry is, how wonderful this epic film is, etc. but no one mentions Arletty's sexualised costume, her blackface, or the weird noises she makes to constitute the foreign "language" in her role as the queen of Abyssinia. And by "like" I mean "white people tho."
A joshing jab at the great auteur in the English adaptation of Red Rackham’s Treasure.