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211 Ratings


Directed by Alain Resnais
France, Italy, 1974
Drama, Biography


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.

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Stavisky... Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1974 | Special Mention

National Board of Review

1975 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1974 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

Stavisky’s slippery identity crisis is a canvas for Resnais’s conceptual treatment of cerebration and time. Semprún folds the identity questions into his politicized cinema of historical verification and analysis. Their art-and-politics partnership seeks to reveal the heart of the 1930s era as a cultural pageant now lost to nostalgia and political myth.
October 03, 2018
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Resnais incorporates a lot of Sondheim’s musical personality into the overall aesthetic of STAVISKY… Indeed one could argue that Sondheim is as important a collaborator here as the screenwriter, Jorge Semprun… The music is essential to the film’s elusive appeal, the graceful melodies hiding vaguely unsettling counter-melodies just beneath the surface.
August 12, 2016
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Fans of Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad and Muriel may regret the absence of narrative innovation here. But Resnais still knows a lot about beauty, Belmondo has bushels of charm to spare, and together they paint a memorable portrait of bygone days — a historical fantasy tinged with sweet dreams and sad awakenings. 
October 01, 1974
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