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The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
René Lefèvre ...
Amédée Lange
Florelle ...
Valentine
Jules Berry ...
Batala
Marcel Lévesque ...
The Concierge
Odette Talazac ...
The Concierge's Wife
Henri Guisol ...
The Son Meunier (as Henry Guisol)
Maurice Baquet ...
Charles, The Concierges' Son
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Mr. Baigneur (as J.B. Brunius)
Sylvain Itkine ...
Inspector Itkine / Batala's cousin
Marcel Duhamel ...
The Foreman
Henri Saint-Isle
Pierre Huchet
René Génin ...
A Client at the Auberge (as Genin)
Max Morise
Charbonnier ...
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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. Written by Yepok

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A delightful ribbing of writer, publisher and reader of popular "Western" novels.

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24 January 1936 (France)  »

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According to film scholar Alexander Sesonske, the Catalan painter Jean Castanier (also spelled "Castanier") approached his friend Jacques Becker with the idea of a film about "a likable little world of print-shop workers and laundresses who form a cooperative" to be called Sur la Cour, which Becker would direct. Becker was much taken by the idea, but the producer who took on the project didn't trust him, and decided to offer it to the more experienced director Jean Renoir, for whom Becker had already worked as assistant director on several pictures. Becker was reportedly so furious at Renoir for directing "his" film that he refused to work as assistant director on the production, though he would later work again as Renoir's assistant on several films (e.g. La Grande Illusion (1937)), before becoming a full-time director himself. See more »

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Referenced in Weekend (1967) See more »

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Au jour, le jour; à la nuit, la nuit
Written by Joseph Kosma
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
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A good time was had by all..
12 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Delightful! I'm a great fan of Jean Renoir, and I was very pleased to see this early piece as part of the excellent boxed set of 3 now available on DVD. It has its faults, but I love the way that he lets his actors "do their thing" and lives with the resultant somewhat chaotic mis en scene. The characters are great, with Jules Berry outdoing every caddish scoundrel I've ever seen on film (even including Terry -Thomas!). There's so much fun evident in the making of it, the rather slight fairy-story plot fills the bill perfectly, so it's like watching an early Hitchcock like "Young and Innocent". Lots of the same sense of fun finds its way into Renoir's later, more profound pieces like La Grande Illusion and Les Regles du Jeu, and help make those the more human by not being too sententious.


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