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パリの灯は遠く(1977年)【シリアス映画】 Monsieur Klein (1977)


監督 ジョセフ・ロージー/Director: Joseph Losey
出演 アラン・ドロン、ジャンヌ・モロー/Starring: Alain Delon‚ Jeanne Moreau



An abandoned “tragedy”

The setting of this film is Nazi-occupied Paris‚ 1942. In a gloomy era where anyone could be your enemy as in works by Franz Kafka‚ one more thing is that it is vague. Joseph Losey worked with Alain Delon in The Assassination of Trotsky and Jeanne Moreau in Eva so I thought that there wouldn’t be any confusion‚ but in a word‚ the two of them had difficulty getting into things.

At this time Alain Delon was 41‚ and when he was 63 in Half A Chance‚ he announced his retirement from acting‚ but during the 22 years since Monsieur Klein‚ he appeared in 12 films. In the 20 years prior to Monsieur Klein‚ he starred in 46 films. When I think of this mass‚ I get the feeling that Monsieur Klein was at the beginning of his period of decline. Then there is Jeanne Moreau who after completing her self-directed Lumiere and before beginning the shooting of The Last Tycoon‚ was only five days into this film. Her role was an elegant Jewish woman but within minutes she disappeared from the screen and returned to her Hollywood work.

The Assassination of Trotsky was the same: the overall nihilistic air of the movie is no different to this one - maninglessness controlling life; the whole film is flowing with Losey’s preferred complexity and a cold intention. Here’s the story: Robert Klein (Alain Delon) is an art dealer who buys artwork from the Jews who are planning to leave the country to escape persecution. He is surrounded by attractive friends and is living satisfactorily. One day‚ however‚ a Jewish newspaper is delivered to him in his name. After investigating‚ he learns that there is a Jewish man of the same name as him. Robert is suspected by the police as being a Jew and although he sends for his birth certificate‚ he is unable to get his grandmother’s details. Hesitating‚ he is then off to the (concentration camp) holocaust.

He tries to find Robert‚ running about Paris in an attempt to prove that he isn’t a Jew. Finally‚ he locates the man called Robert Klein. In the congestion of people boarding a concentration camp bound train‚ he shakes off a friend who calls “I’ve got your birth papers!”. In pursuit of Klein‚ he pushes his way through people and boards the train. Behind him‚ the doors close and his is off to the concentration camp. Losey abandons Klein’s tragedy.

If the director was Martin Scorsese‚ he would have produced something with more bitterness. If David Lynch‚ then a mystery of richly coloured darkness‚ if Clint Eastwood‚ then he probably would have made one small skylight. The ending is like being dragged to hell. This‚ is Losey.