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Port of Shadows ()

Le quai des brumes (original title)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

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Jean
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Zabel
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Nelly
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Lucien
Édouard Delmont ...
Panama (as Delmont)
Raymond Aimos ...
Quart Vittel (as Aimos)
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Le peintre (as Le Vigan)
René Génin ...
Le docteur (as Genin)
Marcel Pérès ...
Le chauffeur (as Perez)
Jenny Burnay ...
L'amie de Lucien
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Le garçon d'hôtel (as Legris)
Martial Rèbe ...
Le client
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Léo Malet ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ...
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Raymond Pélissier ...
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Raphaël ...
Un complice (uncredited)
Gaby Wagner ...
Complice (uncredited)
Claude Walter ...
L'orphelin (uncredited)

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Marcel Carné

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

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Gregor Rabinovitch ... producer (uncredited)

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Maurice Jaubert

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Eugen Schüfftan ... (as E. Schufftan)

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René Le Hénaff ... (as R. Le Hénaff)

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A. Chourat ... assistant editor

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Alexandre Trauner ... (as Trauner)

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Coco Chanel ... (uncredited)

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Ludmilla Goulian ... unit manager (as Mme Goulian)
Simon Schiffrin ... production manager

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Claude Walter ... assistant director (as Walter)

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Clément Hurel ... poster artist

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Antoine Archimbaud ... sound engineer (as Archimbaud)

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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)

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Marcel Carné ... story editor
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Tender...frankly adult. Filled with almost every emotion known to man See more »
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Also Known As
  • Port of Shadows (United States)
  • Le Quai des Brumes (United Kingdom)
  • The Port of Shadows (United Kingdom)
  • Hafen im Nebel (Germany)
  • El muelle de las brumas (Spain)
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into La monnaie de l'absolu (1999). 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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