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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 ... See full summary »

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Joseph Losey

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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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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 1976 (Italy) See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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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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Losey's best film since THE SERVANT.
19 July 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

By far the most popular kind of film produced in 70s France was the policier, in which dogged detectives and po-faced policemen plodded through dour crime narratives after charismatic criminals. Generally reactionary, many featured Alain Delon, along with Jean-Paul Belmondo, France's biggest star.

MONSIEUR KLEIN is a very different Delon policier. Set in Occupied Paris, its police are Gestapo stooges doggedly and po-facedly seeking out phoney Frenchmen, with one of whom Klein, Catholic, collaborationist-befriending, art-dealing war-profiteer, seems to be confused, with inevitable consequences.

Losey's nausea-inducing camerawork, his use of ugly colour and shadows which literally swallows up the brightest of film-stars, the recreation of Nazi France, the playing with ideas of play, the combining of exciting thriller with Borges and Kafka, makes this one of the best films of the 70s.


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