First show: December 06
“A slow-burning French thriller… Suffused not only with history, but also with echoes of Kafka, Dostoyevsky and the clipped paranoia of Losey’s collaborations with Harold Pinter.”– N.Y. Times
“Very Cool, very frightening & beautifully controlled” – David Thomson.
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Alliance Française San Francisco!
“This has nothing to do with me.” 1942, and in Occupied Paris, Alain Delon’s Catholic Klein seems to be sitting pretty. An attractive mistress, an apartment crammed full of expensive paintings, sculpture, tapestries – and mirrors – most of which he’s bought at fire sale prices from Jews eager to emigrate/flee. But then he finds a Jewish newspaper delivered to his doorstep, and the protests and desperate search for his Aryan heritage begins, so desperate that his attempts to establish his identity start to come second to a frenzied search for his doppelganger, a search that comes to an unforeseen, but perhaps inevitable end.
Mr. Klein was blacklisted American director Losey’s first film in French, with a screenplay by Battle of Algiers writer Franco Solinas and assistant director Fernando Morandi, and an uncredited Costa-Gavras (who was originally to direct).
An indictment of French complicity on the eve of the infamous Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup, with Claude Levy (one of the chief interviewees in Marcel Ophüls’ The Sorrow and the Pity) as historical consultant, Mr. Klein was received coldly by French audiences, who objected to its depiction of wartime collaboration. Yet it still went on to represent France for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and would win three Césars (French Oscars) for Best Film, Director, and Production Design by the legendary Alexandre Trauner, whose remarkable credits include everything from Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise and Jules Dassin’s Rififi to Orson Welles’ Othello and Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.
Directed by Joseph Losey. Written by Franco Solinas, Fernando Morandi (collaborator on screenplay) & Costa-Gavras (uncredited). With Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau & Francine Bergé. USA/France, In French with English subtitles. 1976. DCP 123 mins.
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