LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE / THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE

One of the liveliest films from French cinema’s abiding master, The
Crime of Monsieur Lange starts with a couple arriving at an inn on the
French border with instructions to escape to Belgium the next morn-
ing. The innkeeper and his clients soon identify the man as the wanted
murderer Monsieur Lange; while he sleeps peacefully, his companion
Valentine throws herself upon their mercy by telling the story of his re-
lationship with their employer Batala, a crooked publisher who abused
his employees and creditors. In a single long flashback, we learn of
Batala’s mysterious disappearance and witness his publishing compa-
ny turn into a thriving cooperative in which every worker has a say. For
a time, a small utopia takes root around the Paris courtyard where the
printing presses run and Lange and Valentine fall in love. Until Batala
reappears… The Crime of Monsieur Lange is Renoir’s inspiring polit-
ical manifesto, a film dedicated to egalitarianism both in its narrative
and its way of taking an affectionate, lingering interest in a wide variety
of characters. It is also a timely look at relations between men and
women, blunt in its outrage over workplace abuses and sophisticated
in its representation of women’s desire.

DIRECTOR
Jean Renoir

SCREENPLAY
Jacques Prévert
Jean Renoir
Jean Castanier

CAST
René Lefèvre
Florelle
Jules Berry

DETAILS
Drama
French
83 min.
France, 1936
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Rialto Pictures

PRICE RANGE
$350 DVD/Blu-Ray
$450 DCP