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April 21 & May 4        New York, NY        MoMA
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Crime of Monsieur Lange Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura


France, 1936
Director: Jean Renoir
Producer: André Halley des Fontaines
Cast: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry
Screenwriter: Jacques Prévert
Story: Jean Renoir and Jean Castanier
Cinematography: Jean Bachelet
Music: Jean Wiener
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 83 minutes

After Amedée Lange’s (René Lefèvre) maliciously charming boss Batala (Jules Berry) is presumed dead following his flight from debt collectors, Lange, with the assistance of his lover Valentine (Florelle), helps organize a community of workers into a cooperative publishing house for his hit Western serial “Arizona Jim.”

Awards and Recognition:
Restoration Premiere (New York Film Festival, 2017)

Reviews and Quotes 2

“Of all Renoir’s films Monsieur Lange is the most spontaneous, the richest in miracles of camera work, the most full of pure beauty and truth. In short, it is a film touched by divine grace.”
— François Truffaut

— Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

“One of Renoir’s most beautiful works and one of the most representative of his genius and talents. Personally, I would not rank it far from The Rules of the Game... This collaboration with Prévert produced some of the best, if not the best, dialogue of French pre-war cinema.”
— André Bazin

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