Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange)
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Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange)
Jean Renoir was the director of The Crime of Monsieur Lange, but this French film might just as well have been made in Hollywood by Frank Capra. The titular Lange (Rene Lefevre) is an author of wild west novels. When the owner of the company that publishes Lange's works absconds with the company funds, Lange rallies the employees together to create their own publishing house. The publisher returns, disguised as a priest, and demands a share of the profits. Lange responds by killing the bounder. The grateful employees help Lange to escape prosecution, allowing him to leave the country with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of Renoir's most completely delightful movies."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Renoir's sanguine contribution to France's Popular Front."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Underrated musical that is defiantly political but in a surprisingly intimate and character-driven way."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The film has some memorable characterizations and depicts adult situations with a much greater frankness than Hollywood was allowed at the time. Despite its clear moral exploration, however, the 78-minute running time is too brief for the film to become m"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Rich and complex."
‑ Zach Campbell, Slant Magazine
"Jacques Prevert's screenplay has wit and economy, but it is the multiplicity of points of view implied in Renoir's fluid direction that lifts the film from propaganda to art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A clever Renoir film, with a decidedly anti-capitalist message."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fast, funny and loaded with charm, this is an unashamedly politically motivated film executed with all Renoir's trademark style."
‑ Johnny Dee, Film4