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Gates of the Night (1946)

Les portes de la nuit (original title)
It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp who may also be Destiny predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. That same evening, Jean meets Malou.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

Jacques Prévert (ballet "Le rendez-vous"), Jacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brasseur ... Georges
Serge Reggiani ... Guy Sénéchal
Yves Montand ... Jean Diego
Nathalie Nattier ... Malou
Saturnin Fabre ... Monsieur Sénéchal
Raymond Bussières ... Raymond Lécuyer
Jean Vilar Jean Vilar ... Le clochard / La fortune
Sylvia Bataille ... Claire Lécuyer
Jane Marken ... Mme Germaine (as Jeanne Marken)
Dany Robin ... Étiennette
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La vieille
Christian Simon Christian Simon ... Cricri Lécuyer
Jean Maxime Jean Maxime ... L'amoureux d'Étiennette
Fabien Loris Fabien Loris ... Le chanteur des rues
René Blancard ... Le voisin de palier
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It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp who may also be Destiny predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. That same evening, Jean meets Malou. Written by Yepok

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The roles of Jean Diego and Malou were originally to be played by then-lovers Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich, who had recently returned to France after the end of the war. Dietrich pulled out of the project at the last minute, however, and Gabin followed her. With the rest of the cast already selected and production scheduled to begin soon, Carné and Prévert had to choose an unknown actor for the role of Jean Diego, a singer/performer who had recently had some success in the French Music Halls - Yves Montand. See more »

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Les Enfants qui s'Aiment
Music by Joseph Kosma
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
Performed by Fabien Loris
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A Lesser Carné Still Worth Checking Out
21 July 2018 | by MogwaiMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Making my way through the films of Marcel Carné I come at last to this, which, after just watching Les Enfants du Paradis, can't help but feel somewhat lesser, and indeed the film does feel like less than the sum of its parts. There's some wonderful stretches but for it to work it needed to pull all of the strands of story together in a satisfying way by the end, and it doesn't, it just misses the mark. The pacing also drags in parts, particularly towards the end.

As often with foreign language films from the past, the English subtitles are poorly translated and unclear, making the point and subtext of certain passages hard to follow.

The fabric of the film is glorious, though, with a magical mood and ravishing photography. The premise of fated lovers is very nicely evoked, if not satisfactorily executed. Still very worth checking out though.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gates of the Night See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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