Mr. Klein

1976

Mr. Klein

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In this French film, Mr. Klein is a French-Catholic art dealer who works as a school principal during the Nazi Occupation. Klein takes financial advantage of his Jewish neighbors. Ironically Klein is himself mistaken for a missing Jew and learns a bitter lesson about life in the other man's shoes.

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Klein

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  • A masterpiece of identity crisis - a mesmeric cat-and-mouse played out in dreadful, ever-lengthening shadows.

    April 29, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in German-occupied Paris benefits from what might be the best performance of star Alain Delon's long career...

    October 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Both a work of history, unstinting in its concrete depiction of political hatred and fear, and a portrait of the metaphysics of tyranny-a classic of doppelgänger paranoia that gathers the theme on a single string and pulls it into modernity.

    September 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings.

    August 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Director Joseph] Losey has created a wholly admirable work of art.

    March 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Franco Solinas' script, built on mistaken identity and doubling and scapegoating, is superb, complex scaffolding, but it's Losey's atmospheric insistence that haunts, stylized in every aspect.

    December 1, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Klein

  • May 25, 2020
    Kafka-esque labyrinthine plot of mistaken identity in Nazi occupied France. Intriguing and fascinating.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2013
    The topic of identity is very difficult to explore. Obsession is another tough challenge to adapt. Merge them together and add Delon's most complex performance. A thorough character study with undertones of social critique ensues, arguably Losey's definitive triumph in cinema. 93/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2010
    What is in a name? This question has profound implications during an anti-Semitic regime. The surname is a precursor to identity: Klein implies French Catholicism or Dutch Jewish ancestry. Seeking to correct a simple case of mistaken identity becomes a Kafkaesque journey. Exploration of the doppelganger is rarely more personal. A well-scripted, riveting intellectual thriller.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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