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Movie Info

Director Jean Renoir's social commentary, heavily influenced by the French political spirit of the 1930s, concerns Amédée Lange (René Lefèvre), a publishing house clerk who pens Western dime-novels in his spare time. When his unscrupulous boss, Batala (Jules Berry), gives his debt collectors the slip by pretending to be dead, Lange and his co-workers take over the business themselves and thrive on the popularity of Lange's pulp stories until Batala returns to demand his share of the profits.

Cast & Crew

René Lefèvre
Amédée Lange
Florelle
Valentine

Critic Reviews for The Crime of Monsieur Lange

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19)

  • 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.

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

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

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Rich and complex.

    March 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Underrated musical that is defiantly political but in a surprisingly intimate and character-driven way.

    May 13, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crime of Monsieur Lange

  • Jan 15, 2008
    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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