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Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

Le jour se lève (original title)
After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

Jacques Viot (original scenario), Jacques Prévert (dialogue)
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Cast

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

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreak See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,982, 21 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,570, 9 January 2015
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Runtime:

| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main square, on which the movie opens and in which some scenes occur afterwards, was actually created for the movie, including the buildings, shops, street and the tall building in which the main character lives. The back side was open, which facilitated shooting inside and allowed the acclaimed travelling shot from top to bottom of the staircase. 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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A tragedy of everyday proportions
3 February 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

We see a man shot; who he is and why we don't know. The murderer has locked himself inside his room. Police are forced to shoot in, trying to get him to surrender. The story then proceeds in flashback.

Marcel Carné directs this famous French film starring Jean Gabin. The two had worked together the previous year on "Le quai des brumes", a film well known then and now. If you are unfamiliar with Gabin, he was to the late 1930's in France what Bogey would be shortly in America, only Bogey with a soupçon of Cagney. More animated than Bogart, but less than Cagney with his agile song-and-dance-man side. A tough guy who's actually a good guy.

Now, a soft-hearted tough guy who's surrounded by police -- that could also describe Bogart's breakthrough film, "High Sierra", from 1941, and perhaps there is some superficial similarity.

However, this story is mostly a tale of love affairs and working class life -- that's really where its interest lies. There's a real sympathy here for the common man, when even a modest house on a rutted street would seem beyond his reach.

This film's original reputation may have been based at least in part on its Gallic openness about sexual matters. It's quite outré by the Anglo-Saxon standards of 1939. Regardless, the justly celebrated "Le jour se lève" has a poetic quality overall, and a memorably ironic final shot of the kind we don't seem to see quite often enough anymore.


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