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Quadrille and the Six-Year Itch

Quadrille is frequently viewed as one of Sacha Guitry’s more effervescent films—an accomplishment given the French director’s penchant for cinematic gossamery. But airiness doesn’t necessarily imply minor, even if the film itself is so diligent in making a subject like adultery a feathery matter. The film’s irreverent tone is not a trick, to get us to take it less seriously, but a considerate attempt on Guitry’s behalf to temper the seriousness of the subject, to reveal a more playful and bittersweet side to relationships.>> - Tina Hassannia

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