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Port of Shadows (1938)

Le quai des brumes (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 October 1939 (USA)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

Pierre Dumarchais (novel) (as Pierre Mac Orlan), Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Gabin ... Jean
Michel Simon ... Zabel
Michèle Morgan ... Nelly
Pierre Brasseur ... Lucien
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... Panama (as Delmont)
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Quart Vittel (as Aimos)
Robert Le Vigan ... Le peintre (as Le Vigan)
René Génin René Génin ... Le docteur (as Genin)
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le chauffeur (as Perez)
Jenny Burnay Jenny Burnay ... L'amie de Lucien
Roger Legris ... Le garçon d'hôtel (as Legris)
Martial Rèbe Martial Rèbe ... Le client
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Storyline

Life's a rotten business, says Jean, a deserter who arrives at night in Le Havre, looking to leave the country. He lucks into civilian clothes, a little bit of money, a passport, and a dog, and he also meets Nelly, a 17-year-old who's grown up too fast. She's the object of lust of men: including a boyfriend Maurice, her putative protector Zabel, and Lucien, a local hood. Jean falls for her, faces down Lucien, and gives her courage to stand on her own feet. A ship is leaving for Venezuela; can at least one of them be on it, or is that just a dream? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Port of Shadows See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,641, 16 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,765, 10 February 2013
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Production Co:

Ciné-Alliance See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is supposed to be set in the French port of Le Havre, but the streets were actually all built on a sound stage. See more »

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As the truck approaches Le Havre, Jean's cigarette is at full length in the shot from outside the truck, but in the close-up it has instantly changed into a butt. See more »

Quotes

Quart Vittel: What could be simpler than a tree?
Le peintre: A tree. But when I paint one, it sets everyone on edge. It's because there's someone or something hidden behind that tree. I can't help painting what's hidden behind things. To me a swimmer is already a drowned man.
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make sure the razor blades are locked up
22 September 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Jean Gabin and Michelle Morgan star in the stylish Marcel Carne film, "Port of Shadows," made in 1938. There is simply no one like Jean Gabin - Hollywood had no idea what to do with him - here he was, this amazing leading man who looked like a character actor. Thankfully, the French knew what they had and kept him busy for 48 years.

Gabin plays Jean, a military deserter who comes into the French port of Le Havre, intending to leave aboard ship for Venezuela. He meets the beautiful Nelly and is adopted by a small dog. Nelly is a real man magnet; she has a boyfriend Maurice, a father figure who is in love with her named Zabel, and Lucien, a hood in love with her. She and Jean fall in love, even though in her heart she knows that he has to leave Le Havre.

These French films out-noir American film noirs, and this is a stylish, dark film filled with sadness, with a depressing ambiance throughout. If you were miserable when you started watching it, you'll be a mess when it's over. What I've gone through for Gabin - he was in so many dark, depressing films! If you're a fan of film noir (and/or Gabin), this is for you.


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