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Mr. Klein (1976)

Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Franco Solinas, Fernando Morandi (collaborator on screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Mr. Robert Klein
Jeanne Moreau ... Florence Klein
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Nicole (as Francine Berge)
Juliet Berto ... Jeanine
Jean Bouise ... Le vendeur
Suzanne Flon ... La concierge
Massimo Girotti ... Charles
Michael Lonsdale ... Pierre (as Michel Lonsdale)
Michel Aumont ... Le fonctionnaire de la préfecture
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... L'administrateur du journal
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Le gardien de la morgue
Etienne Chicot ... Un policier
Magali Clément Magali Clément ... Lola (as Magali Clement)
Gérard Jugnot ... Le photographe
Hermine Karagheuz Hermine Karagheuz ... La jeune ouvrière
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Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing discrimination because of laws edicted by the French government are desperate to sell valuable works of art - and it is easy for him to get them at bargain prices. His cosy life is disrupted when he realizes that there is another Robert Klein in Paris - a Jew with a rather mysterious behaviour. Very soon, this homonymy attracts the close - and menacing - attention of the police on the established art trader. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr Klein See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This was originally going ahead as a Costa Gavras project in 1974. See more »

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Top-notch Losey, top-notch Delon
4 July 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alain Delon is "Mr. Klein," a man profiting off the misfortune of French Jews during World War II in this 1976 film directed by Joseph Losey.

Robert Klein is man buying art work at severely reduced prices from desperate Jews, and for him, it's just business. When he receives a Jewish newspaper addressed to him, however, he becomes concerned, less he be suspected of being Jewish himself. His investigation leads him to another Robert Klein, who lived in reduced circumstances, supposedly resembles him, and whose new address has been given as Klein's own.

This is a fascinating film about how, in the end, we all become victims of prevailing injustice. There is a great deal of symbolism throughout; Delon's Klein becomes obsessed with the other Klein, and their lives become inextricably entangled.

After this film, you'll be left with many questions, for which there are probably several answers. Thus is the beauty of "Mr. Klein," a wonderfully directed and acted film. Delon, as an arrogant and confused man, has rarely been better. He is one actor who, due partially to a nice long life, has been able to extend his range beyond staggering good looks and play interesting, challenging characters; he is a producer of this film.

This is highly recommended and certainly a credit to the filmmaking skills of Joseph Losey as well as the taste and talent of Alain Delon.


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