The Pearls of the Crown ★★★★½

Another Guitry masterpiece that's right up my alley. Further confirmation that Welles was cribbing hard from Guitry and potentially most later Max Ophuls - the pre 50s stuff doesn't feel like this structurally.

Endless cadre of anecdotes spiraling from a tri-lingual parallel investigation gives lots of spaces for great rhyming details and time jumps, even geographic jumps.

The performance of the early pope took me a second to get into but overall was won over by most of the performances and decisions.