(Le crime de Monsieur Lange, Jean Renoir, France 1936, 77 min., DCP, French w/subtitles)
Labor Film Series. “The most humane film ever made about killing your boss” is how one reviewer describes this film. Though not as well known as other Renoir films—The Grand Illusion (1937), Rules of the Game (1939), The River (1951)—The Crime of Monsieur Lange was much admired by Orson Welles, who considered Renoir the greatest of all directors. Welles called this an “astonishing, excusable-homicide comedy-drama.” It is also among the earliest cinematic depictions of worker control.