Bazin 100

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange PG (S)

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange

Jean Renoir's delightful and savage satire, heavily influenced by the French political spirit of the 1930s, sees a group of exploited employees set up a glorious collective when their lecherous boss goes missing.

When a publishing firm's oppressive boss suddenly disappears, its employees take over the business by creating a successful co-operative. When he unexpectedly reappears to reap the benefits of their sucess, however, chaos reigns...

“Of all Renoir’s films,” François Truffaut, once wrote “M. Lange is the most spontaneous, the richest in miracles of camerawork, the most full of pure beauty and truth. In short, it is a film touched by divine grace.”

"André Bazin wrote about film better than anybody else in Europe. From that day in 1948 when he got me my first film job, working alongside him, I became his adopted son. Thereafter, every pleasant thing that happened in my life I owed to him. He taught me to write about the cinema, corrected and published my first articles, and helped me to become a director.
"He died only a few hours after I had finished my first day's shooting. When, on being sent for by his friend Pere Leger, I arrived at his home in Nogent, he looked up at me but could no longer speak and was in acute pain. The previous evening he had been watching Le Crime de Monsieur Lange on television and making notes for the book he was preparing on Jean Renoir" - (What is Cinema? VII foreword by François Truffaut)

Restored in 4K by Cineteca di Bologna, under the supervision of Studiocanal, with the support of the CNC.

Introduced by Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator