Les Fourberies de Scapin (1981)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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A clever adaptation of Moliere's play Les Fourberies de Scapin, this cinematic re-creation was directed by Roger Coggio who also plays the lead, Scapin -- a tramp who thrives on mischief. In this version, however, Coggio interprets Scapin's antics as clever put-ons, meant to help him obtain his objectives. The story starts out as a stage performance which Coggio then transforms into cinema, as though transforming the story from the "fiction" of play-acting to the "verite" of cinematic realism. That is a neat 20th-century trick that Scapin himself may have appreciated.

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bum, con/scam, manipulation