THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE
1936, JEAN RENOIR, FRANCE, 81 MIN. WITH RENÉ LEFÈVRE, JULES BERRY, FLORELLE.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6 pm
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6 pm
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm
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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