Screening on Sunday 28 October at 1.30 in the NFSA’s Arc Cinema.
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A superb 4K restoration of Jean Renoir’s 1935 masterpiece, LE CRIME DE M. LANGE. For Francois Truffaut, this was a film “touched by divine grace."
It’s the tale of a small publishing firm being run into the ground by an amoral owner who swindles and cheats, and preys on women. After he flees to escape creditors, the workers set up a co-operative and take over the firm, turning it into a huge success, until one day, the former owner returns … The screenplay co-written with the poet, Jacques Prevert, had political intent in the heady days of the Popular Front in France, but what Renoir delivers is a joyous and infectious sense of exhilaration that is timeless.
For more check out the CINEMA REBORN screening notes or my thoughts when nominating it in my top ten films of all time