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Now the film is available on a high-quality DVD from Home Vision (which manufactures Criterion DVDs). The transfer is very fine, with the broad color pallette ringing out. And the widescreen aspect of the film can be appreciated by many who have never seen it look so good.
MR. KLEIN is a work of which its director should have been proud. It's intelligent, intriguing, moving, funny, and beautiful. Like THE SERVANT, it has at its center an ambiguous hero by whom one is, at turns, repelled and attracted.
This may also be the greatest acting achievement of Alain Delon. The charismatic French actor's still-stunning good looks sometimes can distract from appreciating his genuine talent. Delon probably never gave a bad performance in any film. But MR. KLEIN provides him with a wide range and depth that he is more than capable of handling. It's mostly a quiet performance, with few outbursts. Delon is required to react, which he does brilliantly at several points, or to express the meaning of scene through posture and facial expression alone. One subtle example is the scene early on, where the mistress is on the bed in the background, wondering if she should get up. Delon is seated at his desk, half-listening to her trivialities. He has far more pressing issues on his mind.Read more ›
This is a film made by a genius, assisted by geniuses. I still can't believe this film was made in 1976! The look of it is extraordinary, with brilliant cinematography by Gerry Fisher (who photographed 7 films for Losey), and art direction by Alexander Trauner. With a script by Franco Solinas, who also wrote the powerful THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, MR KLEIN is a film that doesn't explain itself, or hit you over the head with a philosophy, or message. Delon is incredible, as he is in Losey's other, much less graceful ASSASSINATION OF TROTSKY, although Delon is striking, and you would be pressed to not look at him. His face is amazing in this film, as it captures the confusion, bewilderment of the character as he is stripped of his identity. This film is atmospheric and dreamy.
This is a must for any serious film enthusiast. THE SERVANT should be next, then ACCIDENT, THE GO-BETWEEN, and the rest of Losey's oeuvre. Great books on Losey are Conversations with Losey by Michel Ciment and Joseph Losey by David Caute. Incredibly insightful and informative.
The dealer, Robert Klein, portrayed by Alain Delon, is arrogant, cocky, charming, and handsome--i.e., women fall for him at the drop of a hat, including the wife of a colleague (the colleague is played by Michel Lonsdale, one of the best, most underrated French actors around) who's now firmly entrenched in the ranks of the French anti-Semites. This is tellingly on display at a "theater amusement" put on for the benefit of the occupying Nazis in which a large-nosed Jewish man (an actor obviously wearing a mask) is seen stealing gold chains from the necks of various women. The "theater piece" is a cheap, tawdry affair that attracts those whose narrow minds gravitate to such drek. Klein is there with his girlfriend and at the same time that he wishes not to be seen as a Jew, he has absolutely no interest at all in being identified with these riff-raff.
The dilemma he finds himself in is that he is, in fact, being seen as a Jew; someone, he thinks, is setting him up for that since he receives in the mail a copy of a Jewish newspaper to which he never subscribed and in protesting to the police, a snowball effect occurs.
The trail of activity he initiates, attempting to prove his non-Jewishness only serves, Kafka-like, to dig the hole deeper.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the movie. It is expressive and well done. I would purchase more movie via this venue, as it is covenant.Published on November 2, 2013 by suzanne e
I try to collect all of his movies and have a long ways to go. I bought this on VHS and now it is out on DVD. And I really like it. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by William Dakota
This is probably Alain Delon best film. It is a chilling story. Anyone who sees this movie becomes more human after.Published on March 11, 2013 by m.
Joseph Losey's "Monsieur Klein" from 1976, was a Faustian tale set in Nazi-occupied Paris (1942), about one man's journey into the abyss of self-discovery! Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Carlos Romero natural cinephile
"Mephisto" (1982) avec Klaus Maria Brandauer et "Monsieur Klein" (1976) avec Alain Delon (dirigé par Joseph Losey; écrit par Franco Solinas et Fernando Morandi) sont... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by John du Prey
Delon as the classic "individualist" who profiteers until finally the
Brechtian idea of "first they came for 'x', you weren't concerned... Read more
What is in a name? This question has profound implications during an anti-Semitic regime. The surname is a precursor to identity: Klein implies French Catholicism or Dutch Jewish... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner)
During World War II, M. Klein takes money from Jews trying to escape the country, but turns them over to the Nazis instead. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by Paul Kao
I haven't seen this movie since it came out in 1976, but I've never forgotten it! Without question, it's a masterpiece, one of the best movies ever made about the Holocaust. Read morePublished on December 14, 2008 by Suzi B.
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