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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Janus print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was released in June 1939, only a year before France's surrender to the Nazis, who subsequently occupied the country. Although this film has no overt political content, according to film scholar Roy Armes, the scene in which the crowd on the street below expresses solidarity with the trapped François - which he rejects, shouting that he only wants to be left alone - reflected the political despair of the period, "a chilling epilogue to a brief period which had opened with the enthusiasms aroused by the Popular Front." [French Cinema, Oxford University Press, 1985, p. 102] In validation of this view, the government of Vichy (unoccupied France) shortly afterwards banned the film as "demoralizing," as if it had been partly responsible for France's defeat. 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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the day rises
30 August 2006 | by gabrizzio555See all my reviews

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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