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180 Ratings

Hôtel du Nord

Directed by Marcel Carné
France, 1938


Paris, 1938. A young couple rent a hotel room in order to commit suicide. During the night, gunshots ring out; the young woman is injured, and the young man dies. Her life then becomes entwined with life at the Hôtel du Nord and, oddly, with another colorful couple—a young woman and her pimp…

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Hôtel du Nord Directed by Marcel Carné

Awards & Festivals

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1940 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

The end result is a kind of French melodrama in which the abiding tone is resigned futility, albeit with an irresistible glow of poetry in sound and image that leaves one exhilarated rather than drained.
December 17, 2013
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While it may lack Prévert’s acerbic edge, it is a masterpiece of production design and performance, as exemplified by the fidelity of Trauner’s sets and Arletty’s role as the ‘tart with the heart’. Like Le quai des brumes, Hôtel du Nord resonates with themes of imprisonment, disillusionment and the impossibility of escape.
March 13, 2011
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In the interaction of set, camerawork and Maurice Jaubert’s restrained, moody music, Hôtel du Nord is typical of poetic realism. Its poetry is embodied in the superb set designed by Alexandre Trauner, a replica of one side of the Canal Saint-Martin, complete with bridges, punctuated by location shots of the canal and barges.
February 01, 1999
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