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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  • 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…
  • Dark forces shaped the life and brilliant career of director Joseph Losey. Even darker forces shape the life of Mr. Klein, the title character of his last great film.

    October 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Klein

  • 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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