An altogether distinct view on the Vichy Regime as seen through the lens of one man trying to prove his identity. The combination of impending doom, mistery, the absurd, over-complicated bureaucracy provides this film with a certain, almost kafkaesque, quality. Alain Delon, proving once again his grand talent, gives life to a remarkable character, thus making this underrated gem all the more important.
There is the psychological complexity from "The Servant", mixed with a sort-of kafkaesque story about obsession and identity. The result isn't perfect, but very worth watching. And Alain Delon is brilliant. And the ending has something you usually can't find in stories of this kind.
Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. "Desire" list. One of the peaks of Losey, who catches remarkably well Delon in his middle age. By this time it was known that, like Newman, Delon was not only the animal more beautifully captured by greedy lenses as well a master player, ie, "race" and style, which is not exactly usual.
Alain Delon is great and Losey crafts a film that deserves to be more well-known than it is. Mr. Klein lost the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1976 to Taxi Driver, but truth be told, I actually consider Klein to be my favorite film of that year.
i dont think this movie should (solely) be seen as a thriller, building up suspense is not the point here. after watching it i had to remain silent for quite a while, the horror of the absurd, its all too visible here