The Crime of Monsieur Lange
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 10, 2015
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||René Lefèvre, Florelle & Jules Berry|
|Performer:||Marcel Lévesque & Sylvia Bataille|
|Directed by||Jean Renoir|
|Screenwriting by||Jacques Prévert|
|Director of Photography:||Jean Bachelet|
For a film so resolute in its efforts to portray an idealized community based on mutuality and shared concern, in the end, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange sends us careening. Full Review
Its glittering bustle of motion and character always offers new and piercing details. Full Review
[W]hat elevates LANGE is its wide range of idiosyncratic, delightful characters, its belief in humanity in all its crazy variety, and its abundance of high spirits and raffish charm that are absolutely contagious.
Los Angeles Times
Rating: B+ -- Renoir's sanguine contribution to France's Popular Front. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 3/5 -- It spins a loose and nondescript story, which ranges uncertainly between romantic comedy and solemn melodrama, about a publishing enterprise in which an author of cheap French Western fiction is the pivotal element. Full Review
New York Times
One of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies. Full Review
Jacques Prevert's screenplay has wit and economy, but it is the multiplicity of points of view implied in Renoir's fluid direction that lifts the film from propaganda to art. Full Review
While Jean Renoir is too much of an artist to descend to outright agitprop, his sympathy with the left is strongly in evidence in this film, made during the heyday of the Popular Front government. It stars Rene Lefevre as Amedee Lange, a minor employee in a small publishing company. In his spare time Lange concocts the ongoing adventures of a cowboy hero, Arizona Jim. His treacherous boss, Batala (Jules Berry), desperate to save his floundering company, is constantly trying to evade creditors and finally disappears with the firm's remaining capital. Shortly after, they hear of Batala's death in a train accident. Lange, with the help of an enlightened playboy, turns the company into a collective that becomes hugely successful publishing the Arizona Jim stories, and they augment their good fortune with a series of Arizona Jim films. Suddenly Batala reappears, disguised as a priest, and wants to resume control of his booming company. How will Lange handle this unpleasant turn of events' Despite the inclusion of farcical elements, this is a lovely, bittersweet film on the elusiveness of ideals.
THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE is a wry comedy on the nature of capitalism, starring Rene Lefevre as Amedee Lange. When Batala (Jules Berry), the owner of the faltering publishing company that employs Lange, absconds with the firm's assets, the workers form a collective to run the company. They publish the stories that Lange has written, the adventures of fictional cowboy Arizona Jim, which become hugely successful. But trouble looms when Batala returns in clerical disguise to take over his now thriving company.
- The film was shot in Le Treport.
- Screenwriter Jacques Prevert had to be locked in an office to finish the script.
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