Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange)
Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (The Crime of Monsieur Lange) (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 24, 1936
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of Renoir's most completely delightful movies.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Renoir's sanguine contribution to France's Popular Front.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Douglas Pratt

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

Zach Campbell
Slant Magazine

Rich and complex.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

A clever Renoir film, with a decidedly anti-capitalist message.

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Johnny Dee

Fast, funny and loaded with charm, this is an unashamedly politically motivated film executed with all Renoir's trademark style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
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… More