Director: Alain Resnais
France/Italy / 1974 / 120 min
In French with English subtitles
Last screened on Mon, Jan 4
From money laundering to influence-peddling, casino gambling to dabbling in controversial politics, the life of Serge Alexandre aka Stavisky, flashes before our eyes and we see the making and unmaking of the theatrically charming con man who used turn-of-the-century France as his playground. Resnais’ biographical drama features Jean-Paul Belmondo as the title swindler whose 1934 death remains a mystery to this day, a standout Charles Boyer as his nobleman friend, and music by Stephen Sondheim—his only full-length film score.