35mm print from French Foreign MinistryDir. Alain Resnais. 1974, 120 mins.
With Jean-Paul Belmondo and Charles Boyer. Based on the true story of a con artist who nearly brought France to financial and political ruin in the 1930s, Stavisky is Resnais’s lushest and most opulent production, featuring Art Deco sets, a lush musical score by Stephen Sondheim, and a magnetic central performance by Jean-Paul Belmondo. A meditation of the fragility of time and beauty, Stavisky was a triumphant return to filmmaking by Resnais after a hiatus following the commercial failure of Je t’aime, je t’aime.