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.
Un classique du cinéma français qui, tout en prenant de l'âge, ne vieillit absolument pas. Bien sûr, c'est un tantinet mélodramatique, un brin rétro, mais qu'Arletty est belle et Jules Berry talentueux d'hypocrisie et de salacité retenue. Gabin-destin, quant à lui, joue parfaitement son rôle d'amoureux échoué. A voir, sans l'ombre d'une quelconque hésitation, avant la tombée définitive du jour... www.cinefiches.com
Though not as good as Enfants du Paradise, which is one of my favourite films ever, this movie is a fine example of Carné's excellence as a director, with some of the most beautiful and haunting images in cinema. The cinematography, the music, not to mention Gabin's masterful performance, all contribute to make this film a memorable experience.