Sacha Guitry plays four roles in this multilingual whirlwind of pageantry that investigates the fate of three pearls missing from the royal crown of England. Pearls rockets through four centuries of European history with imaginative, winking irreverence.
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The sparkling wit (the quicksilver Alexandrines losing somewhat in translation) both verbal & cinematic, history as whirligig & a madcap romp through 3.5 (that little Spanish & made-up - and terribly un P.C. (though let us note this is equal opportunity offensiveness, poor England emerging none too pretty from the farceur's hands) - 'Abyssinian') languages & 5 some centuries makes this perhaps my favorite Guitry
Une galerie de personnes royaux et princiers brossées avec élégance et raffinement par Sacha Guitry. Un véritable plaisir cinématographique même si l'on préfère de loin d'autres réalisations du grand maître... www.cinefiches.com