Mr. Klein (1976)

 


 

Paris, 1942. Robert Klein 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 edicted by the French government are desperate to sell valuable works of art – and it is easy for him to get them at bargain prices. His cosy life is disrupted when he realizes that there is another Robert Klein in Paris – a Jew with a rather mysterious behaviour. Very soon, this homonymy attracts the close – and menacing – attention of the police on the established art trader.

Written by
Eduardo Casais <[email protected]>

Genre: Crime,Drama,Mystery,Thriller,War

Mr. Klein (1976)
   
Release Date: 23 September 1976 (Italy)
Country: France , Italy
Director: Joseph Losey
Cast:
  • Alain Delon
  • Jeanne Moreau
  • Francine Bergé
  • Juliet Berto
  • Jean Bouise
  • Suzanne Flon
  • Massimo Girotti
  • Michael Lonsdale
  • Michel Aumont
  • Roland Bertin
  • Jean Champion
  • Etienne Chicot
  • Magali Clément
  • Gérard Jugnot
  • Hermine Karagheuz


10 Responses to Mr. Klein (1976)

  1. nyccoolgirl
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    Mr. Klein has one of the few truly memorable, unforced twisted endings that I’ve seen in the cinema. Losey is brilliant.

  2. Sbee10
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    Mr. Klein will be showing on the UK’s first French film channel, Cinémoi (Sky channel 343) on Fri 26 March at 9.00pm & 1.00am. This is part of the Alain Delon season which will be taking place 22 – 28 March! See more here: http://www.cinemoi.tv/season/alain-delon.

    Here’s the trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieAgzOK0UyY

  3. Mafalda69
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    Hello, Could anyone tell me who painted the very big bird of prey painting that is shown at the auction house at the begining of the film? You know it’s that kind of "Max Ernst-like" painting which is being analysed by the auctioneer.

    I watched the film on Tv yesterday but at the moment of that scene my baby started making noise in my ears so I could not hear who the artist was (I am not even sure the artist was actually named).

    Thanks for your help.

    (…) Si vous ne filmez que le visible, c’est un téléfilm que vous faites. JLGodard

  4. johnberg-1
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    This may have been well known at the time "Mr Klein" was made, but I just saw something interesting while seeing "The Sorrow and the Pity" (magnificent 1970 documentary about French life during German occupation in WW2). There was an interview with a shopkeeper called Mr Klein, who was not Jewish but Catholic. He was, however, so worried about being mistaken for a Jew that he took out an ad in the local paper confirming that he was a " true Frenchman". Could this little story have been the inspiration for the 1976 film "Mr Klein"?

  5. Eumenides_0
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    I think there’s no need to mention how similar this movie was to Kafka’s works. One innocent man by an unknown reason becomes involved with state bureaucryacy that condemns without reason.

    But I’ve seldom seen a Kafka-esque movie that so clearly captured the oppressive and fatalistic atmosphere of Kafka. When the movie ended and I had finished digesting that ending, I just knew I had come out from one of Kafka’s parables.

    This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

  6. Eumenides_0
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    Costa-Gavras is credited on IMDB as having worked on the screenplay. Does anyone know to what extent he worked on it? What are the bits that he wrote?

    This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

  7. Sepulchrive
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    Generally speaking, I’m not in favor of remakes. However not all of them are pointless, and sometimes modern filmmaking can bring fresh energy into a "dated" classic. I really like Monsieur Klein as it is, but I also look upon it as something of a flawed masterpiece. If it had more focus it could have been a true classic. And to be fair, the 40’s period setting is often less than convincing.

    So what do you think of a remake? Which director do you think could do this? And which actor could fill in for Alain Delon? Personally, I’m thinking of Jude Law. Sounds bad perhaps, but I think he has the right looks to fit for the role, and he can act.

    The movie might even be more effective if it was filmed in black and white.

  8. pencho_2003
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    1. Why did he voluntarily went into the train. He was able to avoid this, telling them that his lawyer is over there holding his documents.

    2. What happened to the other Klein?( He was taken by the police, so he should be in one of these trains sent in Germany )

    3. What was the primal purpose of the other Klein? Why did he transmitted the location of the newspaper or that happened accidentaly?

    4. How’s Natalie connected to the story?

    5. What was that at the end… Someone was buying some picture like in the beginning.

  9. MarxBrosFan
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    There is a moment where Pierre handles his walking stick exactly like Peter Lorre’s character in "The Maltese Falcon":

    http://www.dvdinfo.be/images/reviews/3412-4.jpg

    Anyone notice that? I don’t look for these things, but I think that was supposed to be a big hint.

  10. Sepulchrive
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    I didn’t really catch on with the scene in the mansion. What was the significance of this character, and the conversation she has with Klein?

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