|Directed by||Joseph Losey|
|Produced by||Alain Delon|
|Written by||Franco Solinas
|Music by||Egisto Macchi
|Editing by||Marie Castro-Vasquez
|Release date(s)||27 October 1976 (France)|
|Running time||123 min|
It is 1942, the war is in full swing and France is occupied by the Nazis. To Robert Klein, however, these events are of little concern. As an art dealer, he makes a nice profit off the situation of the Jews, who are selling their possessions in a hurry to leave the country. He holds no political affinities and chooses to remain indifferent. All this changes when, one day, a Jewish newspaper is accidentally delivered to his address, and Klein discovers there is another Robert Klein residing in Paris, a Jew sought by the police. When the other Klein cannot be found, authorities grow suspicious and the art dealer is forced to offer proof of his French heritage. Before long he is entangled in a quest to track down his elusive namesake and find out what happened. Eventually, Klein fails to prove his identity and becomes a victim of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, reunited with Jews who once were his clients.
- Alain Delon - Mr. Klein
- Jeanne Moreau - Florence
- Francine Bergé - Nicole (credited as Francine Berge)
- Juliet Berto - Jeanine
- Jean Bouise - the vendor
- Suzanne Flon - the concierge
- Massimo Girotti - Charles
- Michael Lonsdale - Pierre (credited as Michel Lonsdale)
- Michel Aumont - the civil servant at the prefecture
- Roland Bertin - the journal's editor
- Jean Champion - the coroner
- Pierre Vernier - a policeman
- Etienne Chicot - a policeman
- Magali Clément - Lola (as Magali Clement)
- Gérard Jugnot - the photographer
- Hermine Karagheuz - the working girl
Symbolism and allusions
The relationship of the film with the works of the writer Franz Kafka has often been noted, for example: The Metamorphosis, telling of the brutal and sudden transformation of a man into an insect; The Castle, which describes a search for one's own identity by way of getting to know "the other"; The Trial, which sees an accused man become an outlaw of society.
The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but lost to Taxi Driver. However, Monsieur Klein did win the César Award for Best Film while Losey won the César Award for Best Director. Alexandre Trauner won the César Award for Best Production Design, and in addition the film was nominated for Césars in four other categories.
- Monsieur Klein at the Internet Movie Database
- Mr. Klein, an article by Christopher Weedman, at Senses of Cinema.
Le vieux fusil
|César Award for Best Film