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The Crime of Monsieur Lange

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange

1936, Jean Renoir, France, 81 min. With René Lefèvre, Jules Berry, Florelle.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 12th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Jan 14th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18th 7:45pm
New 4K restoration!

"Perhaps the most delightful of Renoir's films... With its splendid 4K restoration, MONSIEUR LANGE looks brand-new... It's as topical as any movie made this year, and a good deal funnier than most." — J. Hoberman, The New York Times

"Of all Renoir's films, the most spontaneous, the richest in miracles of camera work, the most full of truth and beauty, a film touched with grace." — François Truffaut

Lighter yet more pointedly political than GRAND ILLUSION or THE RULES OF THE GAME, this long-unavailable comedy-romance-murder story merits rediscovery as one of Renoir's greatest prewar masterpieces. A meek dreamer (Lefèvre) writes fanciful stories of the Wild West that become a popular sensation. When his exploitative publisher is removed by a train crash, the business turns into a thriving collective, but some unforeseen twists lie ahead... Made while left-wing Popular Front solidarity was cresting in France, THE CRIME OF M. LANGE is an object lesson in how to make a political film that is neither simplistic nor didactic. Renoir's mobile camera captures the exhilarating spirit of the collective, and Jules Berry as the ruthless but charismatic publisher Batala is one of cinema's most memorable villains. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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