Mr. Klein (1976): Joseph Losey’s Drama, Starring Alain Delon in Challenging Role

Winner of the Cesar (French Oscar Award) for Best Picture and Best Director, Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein stars Alain Delon in one of the most challenging roles in his lengthy career.

Delon (also credited as co-producer) plays Robert Klien, a Parisian antiques dealer who benefits from the War situation. As Jews flee the Nazis in 1942, desperate to trade their paintings and other valuables, they settle for little money.

In a fatal event, a subscription to a Jewish newspaper is accidentally delivered to Klein’s door, and the Catholic Klien soon finds that he has a double, a Jewish baring the same name and perhaps also some of his personality traits.

The distraught antiques dealer, wishing to protect himself from the Germans, and mysteriously intrigued by the existence of his doppelganger, sets out to find the “other” Mr. Klein. His inquiry turns out to be both an existential and moral odyssey into the nature of self and identity, faith, morality, and responsibility, both personal and collective.

At 41, Alain Delon is still a handsome dapper, and his good looks add a layer of complexity to an extremely well-written part, which he plays with remarkable subtlety and restrain. There’s not a false note in his performance, which dominates the consistently compelling narrative.


Running time: 123 Minutes
Directed by Joseph Losey


Alain Delon
Jeanne Moreau