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3.9
512 Ratings

Quay of the Goldsmiths

Quai des Orfèvres

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
France, 1947
Drama, Crime, Music

Synopsis

Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) sings in a music hall in postwar Paris, accompanied by her husband, Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier), on piano. When Martineau notices his wife flirting with an older businessman named Georges Brignon, he follows her to Brignon’s house with the intent to kill him.

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Quay of the Goldsmiths Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1947 | 2 wins including: Best Director (International Award)

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1949 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

In its unassuming presentation of assured genre fare, and after the caustic scrutiny of Le corbeau, and the bitterness surrounding its production and release, Quai des orfèvres is an appeasing palate cleanser, an amusing diversion, still within the confines of social realism but generally free from a climate of widely-ravaged despair.
November 20, 2018
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Largely ignored in America until 2003, this continually surprising and playfully frustrating work is a lousy mystery thriller, a suspiciously flattering post-colonial national portrait, and a quite superior character study. In other words, it breaks the genre paradigm, rendering the poetic realism of LE JOUR SE LÈVE and LE QUAI DES BRUMES inoperable and trite.
June 29, 2018
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