It’s January 1942 in Paris, and art dealer Robert Klein (”Purple Noon”’s Delon) is making a killing. For this loyal Frenchman, the Nazi occupation is a unique business opportunity, since Jews fleeing the country are unlikely to haggle over their heirlooms’ worth. But when a Jewish newspaper turns up on Klein’s doorstep, his comfortable life begins to unravel. It seems there’s another Robert Klein, a suspected Jewish Resistance fighter, who’s content to live in the shadows and let his namesake take the fall. As Klein’s investigation of his double progresses, the mood shifts from Hitchcock to Kafka, and proving his innocence becomes less important than confronting his doppelganger. Director Joseph Losey, who fled the U.S. during the blacklist, knew a thing or two about guilt by association, not to mention the icy paranoia that almost chokes Mr. Klein to death.
EXTRAS Filmographies of Losey and Delon, and liner notes from film professor Edwin Jahiel.