Le Quai des brumes

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Dir. Marcel Carné

France 1938 | Black & White | 91mins | Cert PG | Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller

Cast: Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur

A marvellously moody thriller, Carné's newly restored classic of 'poetic realism' gave Gabin one of his most memorably iconic roles as an army deserter on the run.

In the fog-bound, noir universe of Le Havre, Jean hopes to escape by boat to Venezuela, but his plans run aground when he falls for Nelly (Morgan), the young ward of the lecherous Zabel (Simon) and clearly an object of jealous desire for local gangster Julien (Brasseur). But how can Jean  protect her if he's headed abroad? Jacques Prévert's typically astute script is merely the starting point for one of the most roundly satisfying rime movies of the pre-war years; with its gallery of garrulous low-lifes, Alexandre Trauner's magically evocative sets, the melancholy mists and shadows conveyed by Eugene Schufftan's camera, Coco Chanel's discreetly stylish costume designs and Maurice Jaubert's haunting score, the film is a wonder of collaborative artistry. The bittersweet atmosphere of fatalistic romanticism is brilliantly sustained by Carné and his cast; seldom has the seedy side of life seemed so utterly seductive… - Geoff Andrew

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