Two hunted Russian emigres - Trotsky and Stavisky - cannot escape their past. But of course. With Resnais, the past is always inescapable. I saw this three times in 1974-5. It was a mystery to me, a compelling one. I've been waiting...44 years...to see it again. Thank you. How strange, though. The story is clear now. But there is still mystery, hidden in the mis en scene. So I must see it again. Thus four stars.
Au premier degré, une biographie romancée du célèbre escroc des années 30, Alexandre Stavisky. Au second degré, une partition désenchantée et rigoureuse sur la corruption, la politique et la mort. Finalement, un film mineur dans l'oeuvre d'Alain Resnais, compte-tenu des inoubliables chefs-d'oeuvre tels "Hiroshima mon amour" ou "Providence" ..... www.cinefiches.com
To me, what distinguishes Resnais is that no other director has ever so skillfully dedicated himself to cinematographically realizing the work of other writers. Each film (especially in the first half of his career) finds entirely unique ways to visualize and give form to screenplays which he himself did not write. Stavisky is especially unique for its grand romantic vision of larger-than-life folly. Pure cinema.