The Crime of Monsieur Lange

1936, France, 80m, 4K DCP

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Screened November 24–December 7, 2017

Working with the members of the left-wing theater ensemble, the Groupe Octobre, and its resident poet, Jacques Prévert—Jean Renoir’s dazzling use of camera and his direction of actors reached new heights of expression with this film. He follows members of a publishing company after their boss fakes his own death to avoid creditors, while a certain Lange (René Lefèvre) has ambitions exceeding his station as a clerk.

A film by Jean Renoir

Perhaps the most delightful of Renoir’s films… With its splendid 4K restoration, Monsieur Lange looks brand-new. Given its emphasis on the predatory behavior of powerful men and the precariousness of the journalistic profession, it is as topical as any movie made this year, and a good deal funnier than most.”

J. Hoberman