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Alain Resnais
1974 || 120 mins

In early 1930’s France, there are few more glamorous figures than Serge Alexandre (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a grand impressario and financier who lives at Claridges, runs a glitzy theatre, and heads up a high-flying international bank. With his beautiful wife, Arlette (Anny Duyperey), and influential friends like Baron Jean Raoul (Charles Boyer), Alexandre appears to have it all, but behind his flamboyant lifestyle lies corruption and fraud on a massive scale. For Alexandre is in fact the notorious Serge Stavisky, a conman and ex-convict, who has built his financial empire by selling phony stock, while keeping out of trouble by bribing policemen and officials in the liberal government of the day.

His audacious schemes have brought him all he ever wished for, but, with opposition agents waiting for their moment to expose his fraud for their own political ends, it is only a matter of time before Stavisky’s luck runs out and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down…

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