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Mr. Klein (1976)

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In this French film, Mr. Klein is a French-Catholic art dealer who works as a school principal during the Nazi Occupation. Klein takes financial advantage of his Jewish neighbors. Ironically Klein is himself mistaken for a missing Jew and learns a bitter lesson about life in the other man's shoes.

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Klein

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

A masterpiece of identity crisis - a mesmeric cat-and-mouse played out in dreadful, ever-lengthening shadows.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Director Joseph] Losey has created a wholly admirable work of art.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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...

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings.

August 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Joseph Losey's French drama, Mr Klein (Monsieur Klein) is a quietly understated WWII thriller which features a powerful-yet-subdued performance from Alain Delon in the title role.

September 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5 | Full Review…

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.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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