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Daybreak (1939)
"Le jour se lève" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  29 July 1940 (USA)
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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François
Jules Berry ...
M. Valentin
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Clara
Mady Berry ...
La concierge
René Génin ...
Le concierge (as Genin)
Arthur Devère ...
Mr. Gerbois (as Arthur Devere)
René Bergeron ...
Le patron du café (as Bergeron)
Bernard Blier ...
Gaston
Marcel Pérès ...
Paulo (as Peres)
Germaine Lix ...
La chanteuse
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La vieille dame dans l'escalier
Jacques Baumer ...
Le commissaire
Jacqueline Laurent ...
Françoise
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Storyline

Francois, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun. He locked himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to murder. He met once Francoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love. But Francoise was gotten round by Valentin, a dog trainer, a machiavellian guy... Written by Yepok

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29 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daybreak  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,982 (USA) (21 November 2014)

Gross:

$25,869 (USA) (21 November 2014)
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| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While not the first film to use dissolves to represent flashbacks, it was considered too new a method in the language of cinema that the films producers' insisted on pretitle cards to avoid any confusion. See more »

Quotes

M. Valentin: You're the type women fall in love with . . . I'm the type that interests them.
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classic French Cinema
25 February 2002 | by (england) – See all my reviews

French cinema at its best. Ideas of freedom, entrapment, isolation and realism wound into a great film which is carried by Gabin from the opening scene of the murder, through flashbacks he has remembered to the amazingly brutal final shot. Gabin and Laurent in the factory near the beginning of the movie is poetic realism at its most involving.


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