Baccara takes place in the late 1920s, as disillusioned WWI hero Jules Berry falls in love with beautiful Marcelle Chantal. For her sake, he gets involved in some highly suspect European financial dealings. Implicated in the ensuing scandal, Berry is forced to fight for his reputation -- and by implication his life -- in the courtroom. Baccara was clearly inspired by the recent Stavisky case, which resulted in lost fortunes, disgrace and suicide throughout Europe. The same historical ground was covered in the a clef Hollywood production Stolen Holiday, in which Claude Rains played another character based on the infamous Stavisky.
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