The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange)

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Jean Renoir was the director of The Crime of Monsieur Lange, but this French film might just as well have been made in Hollywood by Frank Capra. The titular Lange (Rene Lefevre) is an author of wild west novels. When the owner of the company that publishes Lange's works absconds with the company funds, Lange rallies the employees together to create their own publishing house. The publisher returns, disguised as a priest, and demands a share of the profits. Lange responds by killing the bounder. The grateful employees help Lange to escape prosecution, allowing him to leave the country with his lovely fiancee (Florelle). Jacques Prevert adapted the screenplay of The Crime of Monsieur Lange from a story by Renoir and Jean Castanier. Stage actor Jules Berry makes his film debut in the role of the shady publisher. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


René Lefèvre
as Mons. Amedee Lange
Maurice Baquet
as Charles Bessard The Concierges' Son
Paul Demange
as Creditor
Odette Florelle
as Valentine
Guy Decombie
as Printer
Marcel Lévesque
as Bessard the Concierge
Odette Talazac
as Mme. Bessard
Henri Guisol
as Meunier
Sylvain Itkine
as Batala's cousin
Marcel Duhamel
as The Foreman
Rene Genin
as A Client at the Auberge
Jean Daste
as The Model maker
Edmond Beauchamp
as Priest on Train
Claire Gerard
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange)

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  • What elevates "Lange" is its wide range of idiosyncratic, delightful characters, its belief in humanity in all its crazy variety, and its abundance of high spirits and raffish charm that are absolutely contagious.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Its glittering bustle of motion and character always offers new and piercing details.

    Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • One of Renoir's most completely delightful movies.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • It spins a loose and nondescript story, which ranges uncertainly between romantic comedy and solemn melodrama, about a publishing enterprise in which an author of cheap French Western fiction is the pivotal element.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jacques Prevert's screenplay has wit and economy, but it is the multiplicity of points of view implied in Renoir's fluid direction that lifts the film from propaganda to art.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Renoir uses a collection of vivid, colourful and lively characters to paint a rich and glorious picture of a mutual society.

    Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange)

fast-moving story about a child-man's fantasy life awaking his neighbors in solidarity; the bad guy's fantasy life becomes hiding in a priest costume & stealing

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