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Le Crime de Monsieur Lange to embark on theatrical tour with new restoration

Jean Renoir’s early classic is also coming to Blu-ray and DVD.

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Jean Renoir’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange will embark on a theatrical tour in celebration of a new restoration.

Kicking off at Cinema Rediscovered Festival on 28th July, the film will then move through UK indie cinemas sites throughout August. You can see it at the following dates and locations:

  • Cinema Rediscovered Watershed Bristol (Preview), 28th July
  • FilmHouse Edinburgh between,3rd – 5th August
  • Broadway Nottingham, 9th August
  • Dundee DCA, 12th August
  • Showroom Sheffield,12th August
  • Glasgow GFT,15th & 16th August
  • HOME Manchester, 23rd August
  • Eden Court Inverness, 27th August
  • IFI Dublin, 30th August

Towards the end of the theatrical tour a DVD, Blu-ray and digital release will arrive on 27th August.

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange is one of Jean Renoir’s earlier films. Originally released in 1936, it preceded Renoir’s critically adored La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939).

Monsieur Lange (René Lefèvre) is a publishing house clerk who writes cheap Western novels in his spare time. When his untrustworthy, salacious boss, Batala (Jules Berry, Le Jour Se Lève) 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. That is until Batala returns to demand his share of the profits. Meanwhile Lange falls deeply in love with his neighbour Valentine, portrayed gloriously by the mesmerising Florelle.

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Le Crime de Monsieur Lange is adapted by Jacques Prévert (Quai des Brumes, Le Jour se Léve).

The home entertainment release features a 30 minute featurette exploring the film’s relationship with the wider political landscape in 1930s France title Lange, or the Spirit of the Popular Front. It features Jean Renoir biographer Pascal Mérigeau and French cinema expert Dominique Maillet.

Take a look at some stills from Le Crime de Monsieur Lange in our gallery below:

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