The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de 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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What elevates "Lange" is its wide range of idiosyncratic, delightful characters, its belief in humanity in all its crazy variety, and its abundance of high spirits and raffish charm that are absolutely contagious.

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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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Chadwick Jenkins

For a film so resolute in its efforts to portray an idealized community based on mutuality and shared concern, in the end, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange sends us careening.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Its glittering bustle of motion and character always offers new and piercing details.

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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of director Jean Renoir's most delightful comedies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of Renoir's most completely delightful movies.

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Ray Pride

Renoir's happy, goofy, giddy, and, yes, awe-inspiring [comedy] is a timeless marvel. The only good reason this warm, rollicking, political and politically sophisticated comedy is [lesser-known] is that it's been out of circulation for years.

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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

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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