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Port of Shadows (1938)
"Le quai des brumes" (original title)

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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

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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)

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$26,765 (USA) (8 February 2013)
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Le peintre: Some people go fishing or hunting or go to war. Others commit crimes of passion. Some commit suicide. You have to kill someone.
Quart Vittel: That's life.
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Engaging, provoking theatre
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting what a contrast this movie makes to Carne's "The Children of Paradise". The two are almost complete opposites where mise-en-scene is concerned, and yet more interesting is that they both show a filmmaker with a craft of form and expression that rises beyond most other filmmakers, including his contemporaries.

"Port of Shadows" is about a French army deserter (Jean Gabin, wonderful as usual) who attempts to flee the nation in order to finally begin a life away from the bad luck that's always held him. He appears at a small port town, immediately falls in love, and sets off a chain of events that show an inherent fatalism with a sense of humor, tragedy, and substance.

This movie has one of those scripts that's very appealing in the way that it sends characters wandering through the mists, and yet somehow everything comes together and ties up all loose ends by the end. Adding to it the moody, brooding cinematography filled with fog and smoke, and one can't help but immerse oneself gladly into a different world. Also, Carne adds a sense of theatricality and the Carnivalesque that even Fellini couldn't compare to.

This is definitely a film that well deserves being called "a classic of French cinema." --PolarisDiB


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