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DiedJuly 24, 1957, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France
SpouseLana Marconi, Geneviève de Séréville, Jacqueline Delubac, Yvonne Printemps, Charlotte Lysès
FactSon of Lucien Guitry.

Sacha Guitry was a French actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright. He was one of the most prolific French filmmakers of the early 20th century, directing 38 films between 1933 and 1956.

Guitry was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on February 21, 1885. His parents were both French: his father, François Guitry, was a successful businessman, and his mother, Louise (née Delaunay), was an actress. The family moved to Paris in 1890.

Guitry began his acting career at the age of 15, appearing in a small role in the play “Le Dernier Jour d’un Condamné” (The Last Day of a Condemned Man). He went on to appear in a number of other plays, including “Les Deux Orphelines” (The Two Orphans), “La Dame aux Camélias” (The Lady of the Camellias), and “Madame Sans-Gêne” (Madame Sans-Gene).

In 1904, Guitry met and married actress Yvonne Printemps. The couple had two children: a son, Serge (who would also become an actor and director), and a daughter, Françoise (who would become a writer).

Guitry’s first film appearance was in the short film “Un Drame au Château d’Eau” (A Drama at the Château d’Eau), directed by his friend Louis Feuillade. He went on to appear in a number of Feuillade’s films, including “Les Vampires” (The Vampires) and “Fantomas” (Fantomas).

In 1933, Guitry made his directorial debut with the film “Le Roman d’un Jeune Homme Pauvre” (The Story of a Poor Young Man). The film was a critical and commercial success, and established Guitry as one of the leading filmmakers of the era.

Guitry’s subsequent films include “La Vie Parisienne” (The Parisian Life, 1935), “La Belle Équipe” (The Beautiful Team, 1936), “Faisons un Rêve” (Let’s Make a Dream, 1937), and “Le Mariage de Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro, 1939).

During the German occupation of France in World War II, Guitry continued to make films that were critical of the Nazi regime. His films from this period include “Le Voyageur Sans Bagage” (The Traveler Without Baggage, 1941), “Le Diable Boiteux” (The Lame Devil, 1942), and “Si Versailles M’Était Conté” (If I Had Told You About Versailles, 1953).

After the war, Guitry returned to making comedies and dramas. His later films include “La Poison” (The Poison, 1951), “Les Trois Mousquetaires” (The Three Musketeers, 1953), and “Napoléon” (1955).

Guitry retired from filmmaking in 1956. He died four years later, on July 24, 1960.

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Full NameSacha Guitry
DiedJuly 24, 1957, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France
ProfessionActor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter


SpouseLana Marconi, Geneviève de Séréville, Jacqueline Delubac, Yvonne Printemps, Charlotte Lysès
ParentsLucien Guitry, Marie-Louis-Renée Delmas


AwardsAward for Best Foreign Screenplay
MoviesConfessions of a Cheat, Royal Affairs in Versailles, La Poison, Pearls of the Crown, Those of Our Land, Napoléon, The Lame Devil, If Paris Were Told to Us, Remontons les Champs-Élysées, The Virtuous Scoundrel, Nine Bachelors, Quadrille, Le Destin fabuleux de Désirée Clary, Lucky Partners, Beaum...

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1The best way to turn a woman's head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile.
2To his fifth wife Lana Marconi: "Others were only my wives but you will be my widow!"
3The little I know I owe to my ignorance.
4You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
5When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.


1Was one of the role models, along with Jules Berry, for the title character portrayed by Philippe Noiret in Le roi de Paris (1995).
2The first theatrical caricature Al Hirschfeld had published was of Guitry.
3Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 427-433. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
4A press photographer was taking a picture of him and asked him to be "natural and spontaneous." "My dear sir," Guitry answered, "WE are good enough actors to pose in a perfectly natural and spontaneous way!".
5Son of Lucien Guitry.
6He was married five times, all to actresses who co-starred in either his plays or films.
7He wrote over 120 plays in his lifetime.
8On a day in 1918, while Paris was besieged by Germans, the first wife of Guitry, Charlotte Lysès, came home telling her husband she had gone to mass in the church of Saint-Gervais, but he knew that this church had been destroyed about two hours before by a shot of the Grosse Bertha, the gigantic German gun. That's why they divorced the same year.
10Buried in the cemetery of Montmatre in Paris, France.
11Directed his first film at 30.
12Wrote his first play at age 17.



Les deux couverts1935Short dialogue / play
Un soir à la Comédie-Française1935Documentary play "Les deux couverts"
Dîner de gala aux Ambassadeurs1934Short dialogue / screenplay
Le blanc et le noir1931play / screenplay
Sleeping Partners1930play "Faisons un rêve"
The Lover of Camille1924play "Deburau"
La voyante1924play "La voyante"
Un roman d'amour et d'aventures1918writer
Mon père avait raison2008TV Movie play
Un type dans le genre de Napoléon2008TV Movie play "L'école du mensonge" / play "La paire de gifles" / play "Un type dans le genre de Napoléon" / play "Une lettre bien tapée"
Faisons un rêve2007TV Movie play
Le nouveau testament2003TV Movie play
Un crime au paradis20011951 screenplay La poison
Le comédien1997play
Le veilleur de nuit1996TV Movie play / screenplay
Mon père avait raison1996TV Movie play
Le comédien1996TV Movie play
Faisons un rêve1996TV Movie play
Beaumarchais the Scoundrel1996inspired: Librement inspiré de l'oeuvre inédite de
Une folie1995TV Movie play
Si Guitry m'était conté1989-1990TV Series play - 13 episodes
Le nouveau testament1987TV Movie
Au théâtre ce soirTV Series play - 4 episodes, 1972 - 1984 play "Georges Courteline au travail" - 1 episode, 1985
La comedia1983TV Series play - 1 episode
Deburau1982TV Movie play
Mon père avait raison1980TV Movie play
Um Par de Bofetadas1979TV Movie play
Eifersucht1978TV Movie comedy
Le comédien1976TV Movie play
Désiré1976TV Movie play
La jalousie1976TV Movie play
Mozart1975TV Movie libretto
Das letzte Testament1974TV Movie play "Le nouveau testament"
Zwei ganze Tage1970TV Movie play "Faisons un rêve"
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen!1968TV Movie play
Ooh La La!1968TV Series story
Beaumarchais ou 60000 fusils1966TV Movie play
Sein letztes Testament1965TV Movie play
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen!1962TV Movie play
Au voleur!1960
Airs de France1958TV Series by: Comédie musicale de - 1 episode
La vie à deux1958original screenplay
Les 3 font la paire1957
Lovers and Thieves1957
Si Paris nous était conté1956
Nicht zuhören, meine Damen!1954TV Movie play "N'écoutez pas, Mesdames!"
Royal Affairs in Versailles1954scenario and dialogue
La vie d'un honnête homme1953writer
Je l'ai été 3 fois!1952
La Poison1951
Adhémar ou le jouet de la fatalité1951
Tu m'as sauvé la vie1950story
Le trésor de Cantenac1950
Toâ1949written by
Rendez-vous de juillet1949writer: "Un Beau Mariage", extract - uncredited
Aux deux colombes1949adaptation / dialogue / play "Aux deux colombes"
Le diable boiteux1948writer
The Private Life of an Actor1948play / screenplay
La Malibran1944scenario - uncredited
My Last Mistress1943dialogue / screenplay
La loi du 21 juin 19071942Short
Mlle. Desiree1942screenplay
Lucky Partners1940story "Bonne Chance"
Ils étaient neuf célibataires1939writer
Remontons les Champs-Élysées1938writer
Villa for Sale1938TV Short play
Le mot de Cambronne1937Short
The Pearls of the Crown1937screenplay - as L'Auteur
Faisons un rêve...1936adaptation / play
Mon père avait raison1936
The Story of a Cheat1936written by
Bonne chance!1935


Les 3 font la paire1957
Lovers and Thieves1957
Si Paris nous était conté1956
Royal Affairs in Versailles1954
La vie d'un honnête homme1953
Je l'ai été 3 fois!1952
La Poison1951
Tu m'as sauvé la vie1950
Le trésor de Cantenac1950
Aux deux colombes1949
Le diable boiteux1948
The Private Life of an Actor1948
De Jeanne d'Arc à Philippe Pétain1944Documentary
La Malibran1944
My Last Mistress1943
La loi du 21 juin 19071942Short
Mlle. Desiree1942
Ils étaient neuf célibataires1939
Remontons les Champs-Élysées1938
Le mot de Cambronne1937Short
The Pearls of the Crown1937
Faisons un rêve...1936
Mon père avait raison1936
The Story of a Cheat1936
Bonne chance!1935
Dîner de gala aux Ambassadeurs1934Short
Those of Our Land1915Documentary


Si Paris nous était conté1956Louis XI
Napoléon1955Prince Charles de Talleyrand
Royal Affairs in Versailles1954Louis XIV
Je l'ai été 3 fois!1952Jean Renneval
La Poison1951Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Deburau1951Jean-Gaspard Deburau / himself
Tu m'as sauvé la vie1950Le baron de Saint-Rambert
Le trésor de Cantenac1950Le baron de Canrenac
Toâ1949Michel Desnoyer
Aux deux colombes1949Maitre Jean-Pierre Walter
Le diable boiteux1948Talleyrand
The Private Life of an Actor1948Lucien Guitry / Himself
La Malibran1944Eugène Malibran (as L'auteur)
My Last Mistress1943François
Mlle. Desiree1942Napoléon 1er
Ils étaient neuf célibataires1939Jean Lécuyer (as M. Sacha Guitry)
Remontons les Champs-Élysées1938Le professeur et Louis XV
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife1938Man Leaving Hotel in France (uncredited)
Quadrille1938Philippe de Morannes
Le mot de Cambronne1937ShortCambronne
Désiré1937Désiré Tronchais, valet de chambre
The Pearls of the Crown1937Jean Martin François Ier Barras ...
Faisons un rêve...1936L'amant
Mon père avait raison1936Charles Bellanger
The Story of a Cheat1936Le tricheur / The Cheat (mature)
Indiscretions1936Le docteur Marcelin
Bonne chance!1935Claude
Pasteur1935Louis Pasteur
Dîner de gala aux Ambassadeurs1934ShortLui-même / Himself
Camille1926/IIShortMancha y Zaragosa
La voyante1924
Un roman d'amour et d'aventures1918Jean Sarrazin / Jacques Sarrazin


Adhémar ou le jouet de la fatalité1951artistic supervision
Paris 19001947Documentary consultant
L'accroche-coeur1938supervising director


Royal Affairs in Versailles1954producer
Those of Our Land1915Documentary producer


The Story of a Cheat1936lyrics: "Et v'là pourquoi" - uncredited


Les 3 font la paire1957Himself / En personne - au prologue (uncredited)
La vie d'un honnête homme1953Himself / Lui-même au prologue / Récitant (uncredited)
De Jeanne d'Arc à Philippe Pétain1944DocumentaryNarrateur (voice)
Those of Our Land1915DocumentaryNarrator (sound version)

Archive Footage

Cocteau Marais - Un couple mythique2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
L'occupation intime2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sacha Guitry et le cinéma: un amour masqué2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arletty, Lady Paname2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
La comédie de Sacha Guitry1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sarah1988TV Short documentaryHimself
Chantons sous l'occupation1976DocumentaryHimself


Won Awards

1937Best Foreign ScreenplayVenice Film FestivalLes perles de la couronne (1937)

Nominated Awards

1937Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmLes perles de la couronne (1937)
1936Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmLe roman d'un tricheur (1936)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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