Mr. Klein (1976)
Mr. Klein Photos
as Robert Klein
as Mr. Charles
as L'administrateur du journal
as Le gardien de la morgue
as Un policier
Critic Reviews for Mr. Klein
Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in German-occupied Paris benefits from what might be the best performance of star Alain Delon's long career...
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.
The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings.
Franco Solinas' script, built on mistaken identity and doubling and scapegoating, is superb, complex scaffolding, but it's Losey's atmospheric insistence that haunts, stylized in every aspect.
Dark forces shaped the life and brilliant career of director Joseph Losey. Even darker forces shape the life of Mr. Klein, the title character of his last great film.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Klein
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 ancestry. Seeking to correct a simple case of mistaken identity becomes a Kafkaesque journey. Exploration of the doppelganger is rarely more personal. A well-scripted, riveting intellectual thriller.
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