Based on a true story, Alain Resnais‘s film Stavisky follows Serge Alexandre’s life, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo, accompanied on screen by Anny Duperey and Charles Boyer.
In early 1930’s France, Serge Alexandre is a theatre impresario and financier and one of the most glamorous figures of his time. Living in a luxury hotel with his beautiful wife, he leads an extravagant lifestyle, surrounded by the French industrial and political elite, including Baron Raoul (Charles Boyer). Serge Alexandre seems to have it all, but behind his flamboyant lifestyle lies corruption and fraud on a massive scale. Through glimpses of his various illegal activities, it becomes clear that Serge Alexandre is, in fact, Serge Stavisky, a man with numerous skeletons in his closet. Little does he know, he is being watched by enemy spies. From that moment on, it is just a matter of time before the whole house of cards falls down.
Upon its release in 1974, Stavisky was praised by the audience and critics. Among several nominations at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Charles Boyer won the Best Actor Award. The film’s also achieved great success outside of France, winning awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review in the U.S.A.
In French with English Subtitles