What is remarkable in this beautiful film is the handling of space in the small apartment which as the mystery unfolds becomes all the more imposing and haunting. Some shots are brilliant as in the scene of the disillusioned worker (an angelic Gabin) who smashes the mirror; then the camera pans to the broken (from the bullets shot) window in the balcony focusing on his resolute gaze. Poetry suffuses sets and faces.
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.
Perfeito exemplo do realismo poético francês: romance, decepção, fatalidade, sensualidade, melancolia, marginalidade. As atuações são ótimas, especialmente a de Jean Cabin (a cena que ele desabafa na varanda é uma das melhores de toda a década). Marcel Carné dirige como o mestre que é. Não é o mais complexo dos filmes, mas é altamente tocante pelos temas, atuação, trilha sonora e produção.
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.
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