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.
Several years ahead of its time, this is a delightfully french noir-ish film that twists and turns its way through flashback storytelling. Really strong acting for the time as well. Great camerawork and use of wonderful lighting throughout, really well made for such an early film.
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
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.
I spent the whole time watching this film thinking of it in terms of political allegory and trying to figure out what the characters and the interactions between them were meant to symbolize, but drawing blanks. The events were ostensibly metaphorical, but... (http://gnossienne1.tumblr.com/post/106835533919/le-jour-se-leve)
For some reason I didn't connect with this as much as I did with Children of the Paradise (a difficult one to top, I admit), but Carné's style and storytelling are undoubtedly effortless. Hazy poetry rooted in gritty reality. Gabin's performance is amazing as usual, and made me want to have a marathon or watching his films (or Carné's for that matter!).
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.