Le Crime de M. Lange
This superb 4K restoration allows us to really indulge in the beauty of Renoir’s images. The story follows the fate of a small publishing firm being run into the ground by an amoral, high-living owner who swindles, lies and cheats, and preys on women. After he flees to escape creditors, the workers set up a cooperative and take over the firm, turning it into a huge success, until one day the former owner tries to return …
A story rich with characters and a feeling of 'lived-in' locations, the film is a fantasy about an idealised workers’ collective, told with great energy, speed and vitality. The screenplay, co-written with Jacques Prevert, may have had political intent in the heady days of the Popular Front in France, but what Renoir delivers is a joyous and infectious sense of exhilaration in the telling of the story. Geoff Andrew in Time Out found it 'completely delightful and uplifting'.
'Of all Renoir’s films, Monsieur Lange is the most spontaneous, the richest in miracles of camera work, the most full of pure beauty and truth. In short it is a film touched by divine grace' - François Truffaut
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