Jean Gabin stars as an army deserter looking for another chance to make good in life in Marcel Carné’s stark portrayal of an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Port of Shadows is a quintessential example of poetic realism from the golden age of French cinema.
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An excellent proto-noir enveloped by fog, melancholy, and broken hearts. Poor decisions made out of desperation or longing, all the while dreams are lingering somewhere outside of the oppressive fog, never quite to be reached by anyone. It's not about the plot, people. Oh, and the dog. Excellent acting. Poor baby.
Wonderfully transparent, despite the nocturnal proceedings among the host of doomed characters in the small Le Havre pier. Expertly acted by the entire ensemble it features a genuine dose of existential angst in the character of the lonely painter who in anti-Hegelian mode claims that "I would see a crime in a rose"! These are some of the film's many merits, which include an astonishing Morgan as Nelly. Excellent!
Beautifully shot and acted melancholic journey, filled with broken dreams and that fog... Charmingly old-fashioned for the most part, a bit out-dated in some regards, but still this is an exceptional film, and a masterful blend of romantic poetry and cinema. I understand why it had a difficult start, as it's quite heavy and depressing - it wasn't exactly what people on the brink of WW2 were eager to watch (I guess).
Atmospheric noirish movie of people pragmatically making their way in a difficult, dangerous world; connecting with other sympathetic humans as they can. much franker and darker than a modern audience might expect from a movie of this vintage.
with flowing repetitious soundtrack, fluid dreamlike atmosphere of doom and brumes dans la tête it's the perfect double bill with tarr's man from london / two last frames are amazing (leaving ship and stray dog) / prévert + schüfftan / the idea of finding a master has a pleasant connection to PTA's post-war "foggy" sensibilities