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Port of Shadows (Criterion Collection) (1938)

Cast: Michèle Morgan, Michèle Morgan, Jean Gabin, more...
Director: Marcel Carné, Marcel Carné
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign, Romance, Classic Romance, France, Classic Drama, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime, Classic Drama, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Adapted from a novel by Jacques Prevert, Port of Shadows (Quai des brumes) stars that eternal victim of society, Jean Gabin. Having deserted the French army, Gabin ducks into a back alley and meets the lovely Michelle Morgan. He becomes her champion by taking on her evil "protectors" (Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur), but loses his last bid for freedom--and his life--in the process. Irredeemably gloomy, Port of Shadows was a primary influence in the "film noir" genre pursued by Hollywood in the 1940s. The film was the first of three collaborations between writer Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne, culminating in the incomparable Les Enfants du Paradis (1944). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Gallery of production portraits, shots of Le Havre, and promotional posters
  • French theatrical trailer



GreenCine Member Reviews

"Classic?" Well, maybe... by talltale August 11, 2004 - 7:05 AM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
PORT OF SHADOWS is one of those supposed "classics of French cinema" that may have you scratching your head. Melodramatic as all get-out, and surprisingly repetitive (given that it lasts only 90 minutes), the movie tells what probably seemed an unusual story in its time (1938) but now appears as old as your great-grandma. The movie does have star power in the performances of Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan (gorgeous!), Michel Simon and a very young Pierre Brasseur. The black and white cinematography is lovely, although the dvd transfer wavers from grainy to silky, creamy perfection. This is probably the best that the Criterion people (who usually provide the best) could manage, given the available film stock, negatives and whatever else they had to work with. Film buffs--classic and Francophile--will want to check this one out; others can make what they will of this good-but-not-great piece of film history.




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