One of Jean Renoir’s lesser known films, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange is something of a hidden gem. This brand new restoration showcases the brilliance of the great French Director’s social commentary, heavily influenced by the French political spirit of the 1930s.
Monsieur Lange is a publishing house clerk who writes cheap Western novels in his spare time. When his untrustworthy boss, Batala, avoids his debt collectors by pretending to be dead, Lange and his co-workers take over the business themselves and thrive on the popularity of Lange’s pulp stories until Batala returns to demand his share of the profits.
Documentary: Lange, Or the Spirit of the Popular Front