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Le jour se lève
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Jacques Viot (original scenario)
Jacques Prévert (dialogue)
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Release Date:
29 July 1940 (USA) See more »
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Gabin ... François

Jules Berry ... M. Valentin

Arletty ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annie Carriel ... Une locataire (uncredited)
Léonce Corne ... (uncredited)
Georges Douking ... L'aveugle (uncredited)
Henry Farty ... (uncredited)
Georges Gosset ... Un agent (uncredited)
Robert Le Ray ... (uncredited)
Albert Malbert ... Un agent (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ... (uncredited)
André Nicolle ... (uncredited)
Guy Rapp ... (uncredited)
Max Rogerys ... (uncredited)
Madeleine Rousset ... (uncredited)
Marcel Rouzé ... Un agent (uncredited)
Maurice Salabert ... Un agent (uncredited)
Claude Walter ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcel Carné 
Writing credits
Jacques Viot (original scenario)

Jacques Prévert (dialogue)

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Frogerais .... producer (as J-P. Frogerais)
Original Music by
Maurice Jaubert 
Cinematography by
Philippe Agostini  (as Agostini)
André Bac  (as Bac)
Albert Viguier  (as Viguier)
Curt Courant (uncredited)
Film Editing by
René Le Hénaff  (as Le Henaff)
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Boris Bilinsky (uncredited)
Production Management
Albert Brachet .... unit manager (as Brachet)
Paul Madeux .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Blondy .... assistant director
Jean Fazy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Armand Petitjean .... sound (as Petitjean)
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer (as Voinquel)
Other crew
Marcel Carné .... decoupage technique
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Le jour se lève" - France (original title)
"Daybreak" - USA
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93 min | Germany:86 min | USA:88 min (Janus print) | Argentina:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Did You Know?

The main square, on which the movie opens and in which some scenes occur afterwards, was actually created for the movie: buildings, shops, street. The tall building, in which the main character lives, was built for the movie. The back side was open, which facilitated shooting inside and notably allowed the fabulous travelling shot from top to bottom of the staircase.See more »
M. Valentin:You're the type women fall in love with . . . I'm the type that interests them.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
the day rises, 30 August 2006
Author: gabrizzio555 from London, England

the main setting of "le Jour Se Leve" is the top floor of a french apartment. the film opens with Jean Gabin character Francois - a factory worker- killing a dog trainer named Valentin who we find out (as the story unravels itself) was "involved" with his girl. Francois then barricades himself from the police, and the reason for the death of Valentin is told in simple sets of flashbacks that Gabin remembers between cigarettes as he decides what his next move will be. the story is simple and delicate in manner and substance but nonetheless the director/writer team Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert succeed in turning the realistic (and sometimes edgy) conversations, movements and places into poetry. and in response to an earlier review, the simplicity of the flashbacks, is what makes the movie so intriguing. instead of relying on a heavy plot that might challenge audience, Prevert and Carne decide to put great detail into a simple tale about a sentimental man who is torn to ruin by a contemptuous and Machiavellian man.

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