Mr. Klein

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Director: Joseph Losey
 
Cast: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Lonsdale, Francine Bergé, Juliet Berto, Jean Bouise, Suzanne Flon, Massimo Girotti
 
1976 / 123 min. / DCP
 
 

Robert Klein (Alain Delon) cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing discrimination because of laws depicted by the French government are desperate to sell valuable works of art - and it's easy for him to get them at bargain prices. But then he finds a Jewish newspaper delivered to his doorstep, and the desperate search for his Aryan heritage begins, so desperate that his attempts to establish his identity start to come second to a frenzied search for his doppelganger, a search that comes to an unforeseen, but perhaps inevitable end.

Mr. Klein was blacklisted American director Losey’s first film in French, with a screenplay by Battle of Algiers writer Franco Solinas and assistant director Fernando Morandi, and an uncredited Costa-Gavras (who was originally to direct).

An indictment of French complicity on the eve of the infamous Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup, with Claude Levy (one of the chief interviewees in Marcel Ophüls’ The Sorrow and the Pity) as historical consultant, Mr. Klein was received coldly by French audiences, who objected to its depiction of wartime collaboration. Yet it still went on to represent France for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and would win three Césars for Best Film, Director, and Production Design by the legendary Alexandre Trauner, whose remarkable credits include everything from Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise and Jules Dassin’s Rififi to Orson Welles’ Othello and Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.

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