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Le quai des brumes
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Port of Shadows (1938) More at IMDbPro »Le quai des brumes (original title)

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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 »
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Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(38 articles)
Michèle Morgan obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 December 2016, 10:07 AM, PST)

Michèle Morgan Dies: ‘Port Of Shadows’ Actress Was 96
 (From Deadline. 20 December 2016, 2:27 PM, PST)

Zsa Zsa's Farewell and Other Links...
 (From FilmExperience. 20 December 2016, 1:05 PM, PST)

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A barrel of laughs (not) See more (43 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)
Gaby Wagner ... 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
 
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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 | France:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (bw)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jean and Nelly have their picture taken, they are standing close together. After a brief cut to the photographer who instructs them not to move anymore, there is a clear gap between them.See more »
Quotes:
Le peintre:You have to be an idiot to go on living with such discontent, such anxiety.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Le sucre (1978)See more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A barrel of laughs (not), 18 September 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

When I was young this is what I used to call a "bulger", the first time I saw it when 18 years old I was so impressed by the bulging murky atmosphere, and the over-riding sense of doom pervading the film I thought it couldn't be bettered. Then I read up on Warner Bros. techniques for their best "atmospheric" potboilers such as The Big Sleep and realised it was, as usual, all down to saving money. LQDB is nearly completely studio-bound, therefore the fogs, darkness and even excessive cigarette smoke all came in useful in disguising the limitations created. In this case however the limitations are deliberate as it is the crux of the story, the elemental mist at Le Havre and Man's mental mists playing havoc with lives.

Not surprisingly, plenty of erudite praise has been showered down on LQDB over the years. Essentially it remains only a entertainingly depressing adult yarn, with a straight-faced storyline coupled with some gloomy and gleaming but pleasing black and white photography. I think Renoir called it fascist in a patriotic outburst; for Carne to get past the disapproving censor Gabin couldn't even be called a deserter in the film (although his one night stand with Nelly was cheerfully depicted). Needless to say, this has probably led to some confusion over the years as to why Gabin is on the run (more like stroll) anyway! Anyway, Fascism and fascism are both dark and depressing for the majority of us so that would make LQDB a faithful representation!

This was the 2nd of Carne's classic 6 consecutive films, culminating in 1945 with Les Enfants Du Paradis. To my mind the quality of this series remains unsurpassed in world cinema - unless you can think of another director who made 6 timeless classics one after another? All subjective, of course!

Nevertheless, one of my favourite films, not to be watched too often but always an effective antidote to the real world. Next: Hotel Du Nord.

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