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The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

Le crime de Monsieur Lange (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 24 January 1936 (France)
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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 description. His name is Amedee Lange, and he murdered Batala in Paris. ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Jean Castanier (story), Jacques Prévert (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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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 Odette Talazac ... The Concierge's Wife
Henri Guisol ... The Son Meunier (as Henry Guisol)
Maurice Baquet Maurice Baquet ... Charles, The Concierges' Son
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Mr. Baigneur (as J.B. Brunius)
Sylvain Itkine Sylvain Itkine ... Inspector Itkine / Batala's cousin
Marcel Duhamel Marcel Duhamel ... The Foreman
Henri Saint-Isle Henri Saint-Isle
Pierre Huchet Pierre Huchet
René Génin René Génin ... A Client at the Auberge (as Genin)
Max Morise Max Morise
Charbonnier Charbonnier ... Typesetter
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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 description. His name is Amedee Lange, and he murdered Batala in Paris. His ladyfriend Valentine tells the whole story: Lange was an employee in Batala's little printing works. Batala was a real bastard, swindling everyone, 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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Life and love as seen in the scandals of the publishing business in the '30's. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 January 1936 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crime of Monsieur Lange See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$36,438, 26 April 2018
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Production Co:

Films Obéron See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Au Jour, le Jour; à la Nuit, la Nuit
Music by Joseph Kosma
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
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One of Renoir's best - social comment that leaves you smiling
15 May 2007 | by j-connollySee all my reviews

One of Renoir's best - a humanist story of worker cooperation under duress and naturally with a strong social undercurrent. It's strongly narrative following the hopes and dreams of the younger generations, contrasted with the wily and self interested actions of some of the older, more experienced characters.

The way the story is told, be beautiful cinematography all sweep you along through perfectly choreographed dramatic tableaux. With the little guy at the centre moving the action along without ever really taking center stage. Masterful.

I can't help comparing it with "It's a Wonderful Life" by Capra, because of the same "good guy versus corrupt company boss" side, and the strong social message in both. They both leave you feeling "Ah that's alright then" with faith in humanity.

So it's one of the happier Renoirs, with his trademark moral undertone.


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