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Crime de Monsieur Lange, Le (1936)

Original Title : Crime de Monsieur Lange, Le
Director : Jean Renoir
Writer : Jean Castanyer
Jacques Prévert
Jacques Prévert
Jean Renoir
Genre : Comedy
Crime
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : André Halley des Fontaines
Music : Jean Wiener
Photography : Jean Bachelet
IMDB ID : 0027478
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Crime de Monsieur Lange, Le (1936) - Jean Renoir
 

Starring

René Lefèvre Amédée Lange
Florelle Valentine
Jules Berry Batala
Marcel Lévesque The Concierge
Odette Talazac The Concierge
Henri Guisol The Son Meunier
Maurice Baquet Charles, The Concierges' Son
Jacques B. Brunius Mr. Baigneur (as J.B. Brunius
Sylvain Itkine Batala's cousin
Marcel Duhamel The Foreman
Henri Saint-Isle A Client at the Auberge (as Genin
Max Morise The Model maker
Sylvia Bataille Edith
Nadia Sibirskaïa Estelle
Edmond Beauchamp .... Priest in the Train) 
Brémaud Worker
Paul Demange Creditor
Claire Gérard Prostitute
Paul Grimault Typo
Fabien Loris (uncredited
 

Plot

A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description. His name is Amedee Lange, he murdered Batala in Paris. His lady friend Valentine tells the whole story : Lange was an employee in Batala's little printing works. Batala was a real bastard, swindling every one, seducing female workers of Valentine's laundry... One day he fled to avoid facing his creditors, and the workers set up a cooperative to go on working. But the plot is less important that the description of the atmosphere just before the Popular Front.
 

Comments

Has all of Renoir's pace and vivacity, and intriguing politics It takes a while to locate one's bearings in this work, although that speaks to its emotional and thematic complexity. The film has the constant pace and vivacity and glee that is (stereotypically?) associated with Renoir - the film is something of a romantic whirl, with the interconnections of men and women are beguilingly dramatized in all their fleeting glory. Even the scenes with the wicked boss have an initialjoie de vivre. Lange himself retains a restrained calm at the heart of it all - until he comes to illustrate the normal man who takes a desperate, self-sacrificing stand for the good of others. Although idealistic, his action resonates when offset against the explicitly cartoonish heroism of the Arizona Jim character (which we see embodied in some epically corny tableaux), and the impactthrives from being based in a muscular evocation of left-wing collectivist sympathies (a strand that comes over heavily in the almost idyllic scenes of things after the demise of the capitalist - with workers happy and lovers unfettered, although I found the very end of the film a bit puzzling).
 
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