Mr. Klein

Synopsis: Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing discrimination because of laws edicted by the French government are desperate to sell valuable works of art - and it is easy for him to get them at bargain prices. His cosy life is disrupted when he realizes that there is another Robert Klein in Paris - a Jew with a rather mysterious behaviour. Very soon, this homonymy attracts the close - and menacing - attention of the police on the established art trader.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Joseph Losey
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
123 min

Rounded gums.

Slight prognathism.

Arched nostrils.

Normal nasolabial spacing.

Slightly flattened septum.

Fleshy lower lip.

Prognathous jaw

typical of non-European races.

Narrow forehead.

Low hairline.

Hair is thick, oily and shiny.

Normal ears.

Lobes not fixed.


Slightly drooping upper eyelids.

Swarthy skin.

More or less Jewish facial expression.

Non-Jewish body language

during examination.

Now walk.

Naturally large and flaccid hips.

On tiptoe now.

Soles of the feet are flat.

Arch is totally absent.

Get dressed.

In the opinion of the undersigned,

based on morphological

and behavioral data,

the subject could well belong

to the Semitic race.

Her ancestry could be either Jewish,


or Arab.

For now, the case must be

considered doubtful.

You can go.

How much do I owe you?

See my secretary.

You'll be notified

by the prefecture of police.

Fifteen francs.

How did it go?

All right.

- What about you?

- All right.

Did he tell you anything?

And you?

- Mr. Klein?

- Yes, that's me.

Would you please come in?

I wanted to see you.

I have something

that might interest you.

Did a mutual friend send you?

I don't believe we've met.

I was told you might be interested

in purchasing paintings.

Well, yes, I might be.

I have a painting here.

It's a work by Adriaen van Ostade,

a portrait of a gentleman.

It's an authentic painting,

signed and dated.

It appears in the catalog.


woven of quartz and crystal,

pendant drops,

lacy arabesques,

webs of icy silk.

Fables, dreams,

spells, illusions.

And suddenly

the blue glare and the red blaze

of the young Phalangists.

The flower,

the pride of France.!

The paladins.!

On the horizon,

the pinnacles of Leningrad

appear and disappear

like a mirage.

Six hundred louis.

Three hundred.

You must be joking.

At that price, I'd rather keep it.

As you wish.

It's easy for you,

when a man is forced to sell.

But I'm not forced to buy.

I'm not a collector.

For me

it's just a job.

Make me a reasonable offer.

Three hundred.


Go back to bed.

- Why?

- "Why?"

Why do you think?

- Wait a minute.

- Later. Go back to bed.

If it were a matter of francs,

instead of gold louis...

It's true that francs

are worthless abroad,

but if you need money in France -

I don't need it in France.

Very well.

Let's make out a receipt.

It's just a formality.

It's for me.

It'll stay in my safe.

Here. Write it yourself.

Unless you have a receipt

from whoever sold it to you.

We've always had it in our house.


Well, perhaps my grandfather,

when he came from Holland.

Or perhaps his father.


It's a long time ago.

It doesn't matter.

It's just a formality.

Now would you write

"I, the undersigned" -

Name, surname and address.

No, never mind the address.

Name, surname.

"Declare that I hereby make over

to Mr. Robert Klein

for the agreed amount

acceptable to me -

the agreed amount acceptable to me -

a painting by Adriaen van Ostade,

measuring 20 inches by 12,

this painting being

the portrait of a gentleman

from Holland.

Paris, January 16, 1942."

And your signature.

Have you got something to put it in?

No, but it doesn't matter.

Don't you want to count it?

Wait. I'll give you a present.

No, thank you.

Don't bother.

May I take one?

I have friends in the same situation,

and perhaps they...

Yes, of course.

Although I'd rather-

That is, recently,

I've seen many clients like you,

urgently needing to sell.

And I assure you

it's most unpleasant for me.


Very often I'd rather not buy.

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Franco Solinas

Franco Solinas (19 January 1927 - 14 September 1982) was an Italian writer and screenwriter. He is best known for the screenplay of The Battle of Algiers, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. more…

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