Combustible Celluloid
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With: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque, Odette Talazac, Henri Guisol, Maurice Baquet, Jacques B. Brunius, Sylvain Itkine, Marcel Duhamel
Written by: Jean Renoir, Jacques Prévert, based on a story by Jean Renoir, Jean Castanyer
Directed by: Jean Renoir
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 80
Date: 01/24/1936

The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Publish & Perish

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The Crime of Monsieur Lange sounds like a film noir, but this is really one of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies -- one that vividly explores the theme "everyone has his reasons." Lange (Rene Lefevre) is a friendly and perfectly nice little dreamer who works for a publishing house and writes western stories in his spare time. When the greedy, selfish and hateful publisher "dies," the writer forms a collective and takes over the publishing house, ushering in a golden age for the company. But when the publisher turns up alive, he threatens everything that's been built. Is Monsieur Lange's crime justified?

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