Marcel Carné and Jacques Prevert’s classic of French poetic realism stars Jean Gabin in one of his most famous roles as François, a rough, barrel-chested loner who hides out in his apartment awaiting for the police to arrive.
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A classic of French cinema made just before the occupation. Jean Gabin plays the French everyman in this well told tale of an ordinary man pushed to his limits while dealing with an aged lothario trying to seduce the woman he loves. Gabin plays no saint here and its those qualities that make this a turn to remember. Casting and scripting are exceptional. The undertone of community and unrest quite interesting.
Thank you, Mubi! Yet another film I didn't know, that I wouldn't have watched had I known of it, but I feel richer having seen. I loved the shadows of light through curtains/aurora borealis/moonrise/sunrise effect that recurs throughout, especially the fade from Valentin leaving the theater to François's face recalling that first meeting. And the twinning of Françoise and Clara had an edge beyond words. Eerie.
A french love tragedy in flashback. It is among the strongest melodramas from this period but the ending could probably have been even more emotionally devastating with a little more dialogue and an epilogue at the end. Still, this is a pretty bleak and sad story that have a lasting impact.
Classic French cinema with intriguing storytelling, great cast, and excellent cinematography. It's a quite dark love story (or, perhaps, a story of love "without love"). A film about the harsh poetry called life... While this definitely is a top class cinema, it doesn't provide such an emotional punch when compared to some of the other Marcel Carné's films.
Semantically rich, a poetic use of light, and with many flavours - sweet, yet bitter. Remaining in the realm of melodramma, Carné pushes further and does wonders.
While referring to archetypical traits, characters are dynamic and multifaceted. The screenplay successfully merges dramatic sequences, hints at moral issues and deeper thoughts on human condition, love, and society.
A masterpiece of its genre.