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Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

Le jour se lève (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1940 (USA)
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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Jour Se Leve See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,864, 16 November 2014

Gross USA:

$35,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,321
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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

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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Before the flood.
9 August 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

That was one of the last French masterpieces of the thirties just before the war.Marcel Carné was accused of pessimism and the movie was quickly forbidden by the military censorship that used to say in 1940:"if we've lost the war,blame it on "Quai des Brumes""(Carné's precedent movie.The director answered:"you do not blame a barometer for the storm"). "Le jour se lève " is,if it's possible,darker than its predecessor. From the very beginning,the hero,a good guy (Gabin) is doomed,his fate is already sealed,because the tragedy has already happened .That's why the movie is a long flashback.The memories are brought back on the screen with an astounding virtuosity by some elements of the set (the teddy bear for instance).Only three main characters outside that of Gabin,the evil one (Berry who was to play the devil in "les visiteurs du soir "1942),the lucid one (Arletty) and the ambiguous one (Jacqueline Laurent).The latter provides

the only flaw of the movie:Laurent acts Françoise as the innocent pure girl,however Carné leaves no doubt about her relations with Berry. A remake was made by Anatole Litvak with Henry Fonda ,Barbara Bel Geddes and Ann Dvorak (who must have been studying Arletty's acting for a long while),called "the long night" with an absurd happy end. Needless to say,it's the French Carné movie that you've got to see!


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