Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange) (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange) (1936)

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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

Cast

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

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

One of Renoir's most completely delightful movies.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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…
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies.

January 28, 2010 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

The film has some memorable characterizations and depicts adult situations with a much greater frankness than Hollywood was allowed at the time. Despite its clear moral exploration, however, the 78-minute running time is too brief for the film to become m

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
DVDLaser

A clever Renoir film, with a decidedly anti-capitalist message.

August 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

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