Mr. Klein

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Joseph Losey's first film in French is a meticulously constructed psychological thriller about a bourgeois antique dealer who lives in a plush Parisian apartment during the Nazi Occupation in 1942. Robert Klein (Alain Delon) makes his living by purchasing antiques from Jews who need quick money, desperate people who have no time to negotiate. His disregard...read more

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Joseph Losey's first film in French is a meticulously constructed psychological thriller about a bourgeois antique dealer who lives in a plush Parisian apartment during the Nazi Occupation in 1942. Robert Klein (Alain Delon) makes his living by purchasing antiques from Jews who need quick

money, desperate people who have no time to negotiate. His disregard for their plight comes back to haunt him, however, when he finds a Jewish newspaper delivered to his house addressed to a "Mr. Robert Klein." Certain there must be some mistake--he is, after all, an Alsatian French Catholic whose

bloodline extends as far back as Louis XIV--Klein reports the other Mr. Klein to the somewhat suspicious police. When his namesake begins to get the best of him, Klein goes to his antagonist's apartment hoping to find some answers but becomes even more enmeshed in a mystery of duplicates,

reflections, and negative images. After causing quite a stir in France, where audiences and critics alike were angered by American Losey's unflattering portrait of French anti-Semitism during WW II, MR. KLEIN won Cesars for Best Film and Best Director. Although Delon does not have the strength of

frequent Losey collaborator Dirk Bogarde, the script (by Franco Solinas [THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS and STATE OF SIEGE]), art direction (Alexandre Trauner), and direction are so perfectly realized that the film's minor weaknesses are easily overlooked.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Joseph Losey's first film in French is a meticulously constructed psychological thriller about a bourgeois antique dealer who lives in a plush Parisian apartment during the Nazi Occupation in 1942. Robert Klein (Alain Delon) makes his living by purchasing… (more)

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