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Lovers and Thieves (1956)

Assassins et voleurs (original title)
A man becomes the lover of his former persecutor's wife.


Sacha Guitry


Sacha Guitry


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Poiret ... Philippe d'Artois
Michel Serrault ... Albert Le Cagneux
Magali Noël ... Madeleine Ferrand (as Magali Noel)
Clément Duhour ... Jean Walter Ferrand
Pauline Carton ... La refoulée
Lucien Baroux ... Le médecin-chef de l'asile
Pierre-Jean Vaillard Pierre-Jean Vaillard ... Le fou imaginatif
Pierre Larquey ... Le maître-nageur
Zita Perczel Zita Perczel ... La princesse Dourachenko - la kleptomane (as Zita Perzel)
Marcel Vallée ... L'antiquaire (as Marcel Vallee)
Jacques Varennes ... Le président des Assises
Darry Cowl ... Jean-Henri Lardenois - le faux témoin
Fernand Bellan Fernand Bellan ... Le directeur de l'hôtel
Suzanne Canit Suzanne Canit ... Evelyne
Nady Chambrier Nady Chambrier


A man pretends he saves a woman who pretends she's drowning;this person is a former schoolmate's wife ,the secondary school bully who treated him as his punching bag !To become his erstwhile persecutor's wife's lover,what a sweet revenge. But both lovers do not try to hide cause fear is part of the game ,and they carry on openly in public in the cafes ,or in a department store (32 beds to make love!),or in an empty car in a railway station at night (but they are disturbed because the railroad men need to hitch the carriage up to a train leaving ). Written by dbdumonteil

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8 February 1957 (France) See more »

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French visa # 18450. See more »


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Love and Theft
24 March 2018 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

My second Guitry, and a step down from 'La Poison', but a delightfully amoral spree nonetheless, filled with the French love of life and the French life of love.

It opens intriguingly enough, with a burglar surprising a potential suicide (the conversation which then follows between the two of them is classic Guitry) but sags a little in the middle with all the stuff in the rest home, and loses steam somewhat from then on. The courtroom scene is funny and I found myself wondering if Roberto Benigni had been influenced by the guy who wanders into the witness stand and then procedes to take over.

On the downside, the sets look cheap and ugly, more like television than film. The camerawork is for the most part flat and uninspired. Also the sound is very noticeably patchy and poor, and this doesn't seem to be because of the transfer. The ending feels like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

In the end, it's a lively and enjoyable film, if one which falls some way short of a classic.

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