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½ April 27, 2014
Lovely french movie, tho the ending was kinda too easy :)
½ February 2, 2013
Its interesting for the use of space and the deep composition, and it is equally admirable for its social message, but the story gets muddled and confusing in the middle. However that can mostly be chalked up to Renoir's roots in surrealism.
March 31, 2012
Often marked as "one of Renoir's greatest films," LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE is a platform for us to witness how a director can convert propaganda into memorable art. The script is full of wit but Renoir is the hero, here. He allows for multiple perspectives and concise characterization to produce a quick, jaunty, and bright film.

LANGE is dense with insightful stagings. Renoir had learned by 1936 that everything serves character. In some ways, he recalls the swift attitude in Hawks's comedies. The camera work is clearly more radical, but they both succeed with abundant charm and aim every device at the service of character. Visually, some usual complexities are reserved for the end where the street allows for at least two excellent tracking shots. LANGE presents some of the most precise and concise characterizations in the Renoir repertoire. Batala is given superior attention. If we compare him to the capitalist villain in something like STRIKE, we find that Renoir believes in the complexity of thought even when working with a simple and economic script. In his frequent manipulation of women, Renoir illuminates the tight bond between money, power, and sex. His metamorphosis into a priest is loaded with dubious criticism, but is still the source of comedy.

The best component of LANGE might be the frequent allusions to Americana and westerns. It asserts that the American frontier was imbued with absolute freedom and the characters use it to focus their socialist fantasies. This parallel between socialist idealism and dreams of the West play incredibly well as an object of cinema. LANGE even gets its own joke -- "It's only a movie." The film is dense with the inimitable charm of Renoir, consistently exquisite photography, and forceful characterization. The comedy is presented with ease and subtlety. It is only unfortunate that so much of the commentary is excessively heavy. Capitalism comes back from the dead only to be defeated by Socialism. Socialism gets away with murder and walk happily out into infinity.

December 31, 2011
An allegory, or a parable, but at the same time a charming comedy in that very French, Renoir style. A rogue, bully, scallywag Fascist publisher lords it over his writers and other staff, including M. Lange who writes "Arizona Jim" stories. When he is killed in a train accident, the workers form a cooperative and cheerfully keep the business going, to great success. But when Fascism rears its ugly head again, what will happen? A very optimistic film, unaware of what was to come next for the world.
July 25, 2011
Mon dieu!, c'est super. :-D
August 13, 2010
Un grand Jean Renoir.
La coopérative, Lange et Batala en curé, le "salaud de patron"(c'est pourtant lui que le spectateur attend et aime voir).
La légitimité du crime.
1935, quelques mois après le 6 février 34 et puis l'accord de désistement entre la SFIO et le PCF vient d'être signé.
May 30, 2010
The film is no "Rules of the Game" (Let's face it, few films are) but it's still a rather excellent film. There's a fugitive on the run for murder and is recognized by the patrons of the inn he and his girl are hiding out then unfolds the story of a struggling writer and his sleazy publisher. Jules Berry is particularly excellent as Batala, the loathsome magazine publisher who desires nothing more than money and sex (The film is surprisingly racy). His performance alone makes this film a must-see.
½ May 29, 2009
woody allen speaks of his love of renoir's films, and each time i watch one, it feels like seeing the tendrils of inspiration pass from one genius to another. strands of this film are woven into the comedy of 'bullets over broadway,' and the moral questioning of 'match point,' and 'crimes and misdemeanors.' like all of renoir's films, the social allegory is easy to miss because it is so completely masked by a detailed premise and the drives of the individual characters. it never stops to pound its politics into the audience's head (the way many films of the period enjoyed doing). instead it makes its point by presenting a truthful situation in which hard choices must be made, choices that happen to reflect the political climate of the time.
September 26, 2008
Very fine Popular Front allegory from Renoir, full of humor, ingenuity and deft characterizations. Notable for the villain--you would be hard-pressed to find a more charming sleazeball. Great, as all Renoir is.
½ August 18, 2008
Although I still prefer "Grand Illusion," this is still a great movie that has humor and charm, as well as the humanistic touch that makes me love Renoir's films.
July 15, 2008
A delightful socialist-minded movie from Renoir. Primarily a comedy, but with light dashes of drama, romance, musical and thriller. All of the actors are charming, but especially noteworthy is Jules Berry as the devious Batala. Quite enjoyable, right up there with some of Renoir's best, and with his usual flair for exceptional camerawork. A bit slight and forgettable, perhaps, but it's one I would return to.
June 1, 2008
I can't echo the opinion of those who think this is better than 'Rules' or 'Grand Illusion,' but that doesn't make the film any less great. An endearing vision of what it means to form and sustain real community (and a sobering depiction of what it might entail to defend that community once it's threatened).
March 21, 2008
the oh-so happy marriage of renoir and prevert...
½ March 5, 2008
Probably my current favorite of the French New Wave cinema. I'm not a big fan of 1930's and 40's French cinema, but somehow I found this one actually convincing me to sympathize for the title character.
½ February 26, 2008
A great fast paced story. A well developed story, as well as some very unique cinematography, at least for it's time. Great Film.
½ February 26, 2008
A great fast paced story. A well developed story, as well as some very unique cinematography, at least for it's time. Great Film.
February 9, 2008
Straight up propaganda out of the Popular Front. It was well performed, but the characters were two dimensional. Moreover, the script felt rather thrown together. It had its moments, but the flattening of characters really made me dislike Monsieur Lange, and I'm supposed to identify with him.
Super Reviewer
January 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
January 7, 2008
Overacting on the part of Florelle and Jules Berry, but this is still supreme Renoir. Much richer and much more engaging, selon moi, than la Grande Illusion or la Regle du jeu.
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