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Le quai des brumes

DVD - 2004 | French
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Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean, an army deserter looking for another chance to make good in life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, as both acts of revenge and kindness render him front-page news. Portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies.
Publisher: Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Full screen presentation (aspect ratio 1.331).
ISBN: 9780780026230
Branch Call Number: PQ2625.A16 Q8 2004
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 p. ; ill.)


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NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Pure cinematic poetry – everything you need to know about Poetic Realism is right here. Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert hit on a very specific tone and atmosphere with their best work (this, Le jour se leve, Les visiteurs du soir); romance, tragedy, grit, toughness, sensitivity, existentialism, fatalism, transience all intertwined. There is nothing else like it.

Feb 06, 2014

A romantic and atmospheric French film from 1938, this is often held up as an excellent example of the seemingly paradoxical subgenre of poetic realism, but to modern eyes it looks like a blueprint for film noir. The iconic Jean Gabin (the Gallic Bogart) plays a laconic army deserter who shows up in the port city of Le Havre and falls in with a shady shop owner, his lovely goddaughter and some low life criminals. Michel Simon (the star of Renoir's "Boudo Saved from Drowning") is both amiable and menacing as the shop owner and teenage Michele Morgan will entrance you with her eyes. I think Godard must've seen this and borrowed the ending for "Breathless." Another Gabin film worth checking out: "Pepe le Moko."


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