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Marcel Carné and Jean Gabin

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One of cinema’s most remarkable actor-director pairing–Jean Gabin and Marcel Carné—seemed to have been the landmark figures, in front and behind the camera, of the French 1930s poetic realism movement. We are proud to explore this legendary collaboration by presenting three of Marcel Carné’s films, that have now reached both a historical and aesthetic value so distinguished as to become pillars in cinema’s canon.

Air of Paris

Marcel Carné Italy, 1954

Expired

15 years and one world war later, Carné, Arletty and Gabin re-unite, and while the result isn’t the classic that is Le jour se lève, it is still an undeniable pleasure to see these two together again. Watching great actors age on-screen, chemistry intact, is one of the beguiling pleasures of cinema.

Daybreak

Marcel Carné France, 1939

Expired

In this week’s triple feature we see a brilliant collaboration—between director Marcel Carné and Jean Gabin—across the decades. Today we present one of his masterpieces of the 1930s–an obvious influence on film noir, Carné beautifully draws out the fatal romanticism embodied in his gorgeous stars.

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