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3,659 Ratings

Mr. Klein

Monsieur Klein

Directed by Joseph Losey
Italy, France, 1976
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

In Occupied Paris, Mr. Klein, a dispassionate art dealer, exploits the situation of the Jews fleeing from France by buying and selling their works of art. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein.

Our take

In the pantheon of films about swapped identities and doubles, Mr. Klein stands foremost as a portrait of Occupied Paris and the weighty atmosphere of rampant anti-Semitism. Alain Delon is chilling as a reluctant outcast, a feeling which blacklisted director Joseph Losey might have known too well.

Mr. Klein Directed by Joseph Losey

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1976

2019 | Cannes Classics

César Awards

1977 | 3 wins including: Best Film

1977 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Critics reviews

Without an identity, Mr. Klein, cultured art collector, is doomed to begin the familiar and fatal transition from French citizen to stateless undesirable. Each step toward the truth tightens the noose, until total subordination and suffocation finally, devastatingly seal the last remaining exits.
November 21, 2019
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The resulting film is both a work of history, unstinting in its concrete depiction of political hatred and fear, and a portrait of the metaphysics of tyranny—a classic of doppelgänger paranoia that gathers the theme on a single string and pulls it into modernity.
September 06, 2019
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The incremental evolution of Klein’s personality, from cavalier to panicked, and the wavering oscillation between his apprehension and his inquisitiveness, is realized with suitably gradual, subtle precision by Losey.
September 05, 2019
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