For a film with such a condescending title, this film certainly spends most of its time excoriating its callous male protagonist. Though the female characters don't fare so well, either, they are shown to be victims of an uncaring conman who uses fake tears, blatant lies, and cons-within-cons to make himself rich. His undoing lies in the disregard he shows for his victims, his hubristic belief that just because he can fool them the pain he causes won't come back on him.
I have a feeling that if this were remade today, Count Karamzin would be a debonair, lovable rogue, and that in the end, he would fall for his primary victim and live happily ever after. Thankfully, this was made when films had a certain morality to them rather than an overarching need to give the audience a happy ending.