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Port of Shadows (1938)

Le quai des brumes (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 October 1939 (USA)
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

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(novel) (as Pierre Mac Orlan), (scenario and dialogue)
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Édouard Delmont ...
Panama (as Delmont)
Raymond Aimos ...
Quart Vittel (as Aimos)
Robert Le Vigan ...
Le peintre (as Le Vigan)
René Génin ...
Le docteur (as Genin)
Marcel Pérès ...
Le chauffeur (as Perez)
Jenny Burnay ...
L'amie de Lucien
Roger Legris ...
Le garçon d'hôtel (as Legris)
Martial Rèbe ...
Le client
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Life's a rotten business, says Jean, a deserter who arrives at night in Le Havre, looking to leave the country. He lucks into civilian clothes, a little bit of money, a passport, and a dog, and he also meets Nelly, a 17-year-old who's grown up too fast. She's the object of lust of men: including a boyfriend Maurice, her putative protector Zabel, and Lucien, a local hood. Jean falls for her, faces down Lucien, and gives her courage to stand on her own feet. A ship is leaving for Venezuela; can at least one of them be on it, or is that just a dream? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,641 (USA) (16 November 2012)

Gross:

$26,765 (USA) (8 February 2013)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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Some may notice that the Le Havre setting, while realistic, seems to have a slightly strange perspective. This is because the streets were constructed with a "false perspective" technique: the buildings were gradually scaled down in size the farther they go into the background; when shot with the proper camera lens, such a street will seem to stretch away from the camera up to four times longer than it actually does. See more »

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Quart Vittel: What could be simpler than a tree?
Le peintre: A tree. But when I paint one, it sets everyone on edge. It's because there's someone or something hidden behind that tree. I can't help painting what's hidden behind things. To me a swimmer is already a drowned man.
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Thirty Years Ahead of Its Time
27 February 2006 | by (Long Island, USA) – See all my reviews

The version I watched is the one released in 2004 on Criterion. This comes with a 30-page booklet with an essay by Luc Sante and an excerpt from Marcel Carne's autobiography. The DVD has a very clear picture and crisp sound. I found the story quite interesting and was impressed by each the actors. There is one scene which makes use of classical music during a moment of violence. It made me think of a movie made much later, Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. PORT OF SHADOWS is about degrees of violence. The adolescent thugs who terrorize the little port city of Le Havre have no idea of what is hidden in the lives of the two protagonists: A soldier who has deserted the army after going through something unspeakable in Tonkin and the urbane middle-aged man who has had enough of losing. I think the inevitability of the events in this movie bothers many people who have reviewed it on this database. It doesn't bother me.


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