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Mr. Klein Reviews

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April 16, 2008
Vague, mysterious, frustrating... sounds like a good night in to me!

A very haunting and unsettling film, Mr. Klein profiles a successful art dealer in 1942 Paris who profits from French Jews who are willing to sell their possessions for a pittance in cash so they may leave Nazi occupied France. All is well for Mr. Klein until he mysteriously receives The Jewish News at his door and a series of events lead him to be mistaken for a wanted Jew with the exact same name as himself.

Possibly director Losey's last great film, this features the super charismatic Delon as the eponymous anti-hero and the great Jeanne Moreau in a rather lovely (but all too brief) cameo.
March 16, 2008
I had read about this in books about Joseph Losey, the director, but only last night did I have the opportunity to watch it on video. Monsieur Klein has obvious similarities with the works of Kafka, with the main character's fate gradually becoming indistinguishable from that of a Jewish namesake, to the point where he is herded off to an destination unknown to him which we know to be a concentration or extermination camp. At the start of the film he was a parasite making a good living off the need of Jews to sell off art objects for a relative pittance, but at the end he shares the fate of many Jews. In a film with many standout scenes, there are two which deserve special mention: the opening scene where a woman is poked and prodded by a doctor to determine whether she is racially inferior or not, and the scene when the French police raid Klein's premises and remove most of the art objects he possesses because he is suspected of being Jewish. Klein hands a woman friend a scrap of music and asks her to play it on the piano. She does so, not recognising it and asking if it is a military march, but the police are furious and demand that she stops. The music is the Communist song, the "Internationale". Klein gives no indication that he knows what it is but calls on her to continue playing it, perhaps as a gesture of defiance.
February 7, 2008
A gripping movie about a man's search for his alter ego in dangerous times, Nazi-occupied France.
January 2, 2008
At times the execution of the story is a bit odd and flat, but it's still a very good film. The acting is suitably icy, and several of the long takes are impressive. The story itself is very intriguing and layered with subtext. The obsession of the title character leads to a haunting climax that perfectly fits the Kafkaesque tone of the film.
December 15, 2007
Pretty amazing. It's not everyday you get such a powerful and poignant mix of a thrilling mystery and historical fiction.
½ December 9, 2007
Losey's brilliant thriller doesn't just employ the Holocaust and French collaboration with the Nazis as a backdrop for his dazzling story obsession and identity. Losey draws out the role that art and aesthetics played in Nazi philosophy of racial hatred, exploring the same themes in dramatic terms that director Peter Cohen later explored in his 1989 documentary, Architecture of Doom.
December 3, 2007
Heureusement, ils ne connaissaient les tests ADN...
November 27, 2007
This really should be a better movie and It's hard to put the blame on exactly one person
November 10, 2007
Probably the greatest film by the expatriate American director Joseph Losey, "Mr. Klein" combines a compelling personal mystery with historical tragedy is one of the most sophisticated looks at the Holocaust and the French Occupation.
½ October 8, 2007
Great acting by Alain Delon and Jeanne Moreau... the tragic consequences for obsessive search after one's alter ego.
September 11, 2007
Would like to see this again.
½ June 13, 2007
wacko kafkaesque mystery!!!
love it
½ November 6, 2006
Curiosity is a dangerous thing; and wanting to be someone else can mean accepting their fate; however fatal!
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