Monsieur Klein (1976)

Monsieur Klein (1976, FRA/ITA) C-123m. ** D: Joseph Losey. Starring Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé, Juliet Berto, Massimo Girotti, Michel Lonsdale, Gérard Jugnot, Francine Racette, Raymond Danon. Rambling account of Catholic arts dealer Delon, who takes advantage of Jews in WW2 France but finds tables turned on him, when he is mistaken for a Jew of the same name. He sets out to find the man or uncover any conspiracy against his person. Largely disappointing, cold psycho drama keeps the plot at a slow pace and none too involving. It's Delon and a fine supporting cast who make the film endurable. No match for Losey's 60s cult classics ACCIDENT and SECRET CEREMONY. Costa-Gavras cowrote the screenplay sans credit, Delon also coproduced. César winner for Best Film, Best Director. English title: MR. KLEIN.


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