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Le quai des brumes
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Director:
Writers:
Pierre Dumarchais (novel)
Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
29 October 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tender...frankly adult. Filled with almost every emotion known to man See more »
Plot:
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Dog | Port | Money | Luck | Love
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Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Like Being Punched Really Hard in the Gut See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Gabin ... Jean

Michel Simon ... Zabel

Michèle Morgan ... Nelly

Pierre Brasseur ... Lucien
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Léo Malet ... Soldier (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ... (uncredited)
Raymond Pélissier ... (uncredited)
Raphaël ... Un complice (uncredited)
Claude Walter ... L'orphelin (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcel Carné 
 
Writing credits
Pierre Dumarchais (novel) (as Pierre Mac Orlan)

Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Gregor Rabinovitch .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jaubert 
 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan  (as E. Schufftan)
 
Film Editing by
René Le Hénaff  (as R. Le Hénaff)
 
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Trauner)
 
Costume Design by
Coco Chanel (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ludmilla Goulian .... unit manager (as Mme Goulian)
Simon Schiffrin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Walter .... assistant director (as Walter)
 
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
 
Sound Department
Antoine Archimbaud .... sound engineer (as Archimbaud)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Alekan .... camera operator (as Alekan)
Marc Fossard .... camera operator (as Fossard)
Roger Kahan .... still photographer (as R. Kahan)
Louis Page .... camera operator (as Page)
 
Editorial Department
A. Chourat .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marcel Carné .... story editor
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le quai des brumes" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Canada:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (bw)

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Le peintre:You have to be an idiot to go on living with such discontent, such anxiety.See more »
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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Like Being Punched Really Hard in the Gut, 9 February 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

I took a class in French Poetic Realism and Italian Neorealism this past Fall in which I saw many of the best films I will ever see. The third film we watched in the class was Jean Vigo's L'Atalante, which is just about the most gorgeous experience in film viewing I have ever experienced. I left the building in a cloud of euphoria, and I have never stopped thinking about it. One week later, we watched Le Quai des Brumes (Port of Shadows). It affected me greatly in the opposite direction of L'Atalante. It made me lonely and grief-stricken. That is in no way a criticism; for the most part, any film that transforms my emotions, whether for the better or the worse, is a great film.

Le Quai des brumes is about a man played by the great Jean Gabin (the star of La Grande Illusion) who has deserted the army (a fact that is never mentioned specifically, since the French censors refused to let the filmmakers portray such an immoral deed). Everyone who he finds around him is morally corrupt. He finally befriends a dog, the most loyal of all animals, and then Nelly, a young woman who is being torn apart by her gangster suitor, Lucien, and her foster-father Zabel (played by L'Atalante's own Michel Simon).

The whole film falls into unavoidable and quite grueling violence. It is so depressing that the French director Jean Renoir (of La Grande Illusion and Rules of the Game) accused it of being Fascist. Those who know the film know this quotation, and have pondered it for the longest time. It does make perfect sense however. Hope leaves quickly after it is seen, and it is hard to get rid of. It fascistically knocks you down. 10/10

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