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The Crime of Monsieur Lange

The Crime of Monsieur Lange

A Feature film by Jean Renoir

Produced by Films Obéron

Release in France : 08/01/1941

    Synopsis

    Imbued with the spirit of the left-wing political movement, Popular Front, which would have a major political victory that year, the film chronicles the story of M. Lange (René Lefèvre), a mild-mannered clerk at a publishing company who dreams of writing Western stories. He gets his chance when Batala (Jules Berry), the salacious head of the company, fakes his own death and the abandoned workers decide to form a cooperative. They have great success with Lange's stories about the cowboy, Arizona Jim — whose stories parallel the real-life experiences of the cooperative. At the same time, Lange and his neighbor, Valentine (Florelle), fall in love.

    When Batala returns from the "dead", intending to reclaim the publishing company, Lange shoots and kills him (the "crime" of the title). Lange and Valentine flee to escape the country, stopping at an inn near the Belgian border. Here, Valentine tells Lange's story to a group of the inn's patrons, who had recognized Lange as the "murderer on the run" and threatened to turn him in to the police. After the story is through, the men sympathize with Lange and decide to allow him to escape across the border to freedom.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Films Obéron

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Interama diffusion, StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Full credits (12)

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Jacques Prévert

    Producer :

    André Halley des Fontaines

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Renoir, Jacques Prévert

    Sound recordists :

    Louis Boge, Roger Loisel

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marguerite Houllé-Renoir

    Production Designer :

    Robert Gys

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jacques Prévert

    Line Producer :

    Jean Renoir

    Director of Photography :

    Jean Bachelet

    Editors :

    Marguerite Houllé-Renoir, Marthe Huguet

    Music Composers :

    Jean Wiener, Joseph Kosma

    Still Photographer :

    Jean Bachelet

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1935

    French release :

    08/01/1941

    Runtime :

    1 h 19 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    1800

    Visa issue date :

    30/09/1939

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono