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This film by French director Alain Resnais (Last Year in Marienbad) is loosely based on a true story from the 1930s about financier, con-man and swindler Stavisky who was arrested in 1934 for selling phony stock but was never brought to trial. While in jail, he continued to engage in doubtful monetary transactions. As the rumors that he was being protected by high-ranking members of the government of the French Third Republic were undoubtedly true, the scandal had a profoundly unsettling effect on the French nation, already suffering from poor government handling of the Depression, and this… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A spell-casting mood piece that is also factually frustrating."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"A failed film, but attractive and interesting enough to earn the attention of all lovers of non-conventional cinema."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Like Charles Foster Kane, Alexandre Stavisky is a man of intriguing parts that make up any number of wholes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a stylishly glowing film, shimmering with both romantic images and haunting visions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The picture is technically brilliant, visually stunning, and ceaselessly interesting."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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