Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »
Set in 1960 London, where a soon to retire caretaker convinces a glass-ceiling constrained American executive to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation.
In spite of the title (harbor of desire) this is not really an erotic movie,although sequences take place in a brothel,with saucy lines for the time;and which is even bolder,the two young leads sleep together the night when they meet.
These are the only daring touches of a conventional work:the screenplay involves elements of melodrama -the young orphan maid searching her sister in the low dives ,the old seadog whose wife left and whose daughter became a whore,etc-,and film noir( smuggling,a dead body in a wreck).But the movie loses on both counts,because of the poor directing.
Cast includes Jean Gabin in a routine part,Andrée Debar and her almost "male" face -which was successfully used by Jacqueline Audry in "la garçonne" and "le secret du chevalier d'Eon" and Henri Vidal who sadly,was to die of a heart attack four years later.
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