New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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Mr. Klein

December 1, 2000 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(French, 1977, 124 minutes, color, 16mm, PG)
(In French with English subtitles)

Directed by Joseph Losey
Starring Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Moreau

A French-Catholic art dealer during the Nazi Occupation makes a comfortable living by buying art work from his Jewish neighbors who are forced to sell their valuable collections at bargain prices. When he is mistaken for a missing Jew of the same name, he learns a bitter lesson about life in the other man's shoes. The film's depiction of the "outsider" parallels director Losey's position as an artist blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

"A thinking man's thriller. . .Enormously stimulating. . .Intensely fascinating." - Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News