Port of Shadows
Le Quai des Brumes
In legendary filmmaker Marcel Carné's classic 1938 crime drama, army deserter Jean gets wrapped up in sordid romance and vicious blackmail in a French port city. A masterpiece of cinematography and characterization.
June 8, 2013
|4:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
Lauded as one of director Marcel Carné's finest films, Port of Shadows explores the fog-shrouded zone between past and future, life and death, and the (im)possibility of escape. When Jean, a deserter from the Colonial Army, arrives in Le Havre searching for a place to lie low, he doesn't expect to wind up in the middle of a percolating dispute between gangster Lucien and Zabel, a local shop owner. Nor does he expect to fall in love with Zabel's goddaughter, Nelly, a mysterious teenager with too many admirers and a missing ex-boyfriend named Maurice. With the Gendarme investigating him for the disappearance, Lucien relentlessly questions Zabel and Nelly about Maurice's whereabouts, and in the process unwittingly ignites the fuse on a powder keg of jealousy, blackmail, and murder. Meanwhile, Jean finally stumbles upon the means to escape his own past, but can he leave the only person who has ever made him happy to a disastrous fate? Recently restored and featuring newly translated subtitles, Port of Shadows is the greatest crime thriller to emerge from '30s French cinema.
Marcel Carné (1906 – 1996) was a French filmmaker and a key figure in the poetic realism movement. He began his career as a film critic. His well known films include Port of Shadows, Hotel Du Nord (1938) and The Children of Paradise (1945), the last of which is often referred as “one of the greatest movies of all times.” He collaborated with the surrealist poet Jacques Prévert for some of the dialogues of his films.
Sponsored in part by French American Cultural Society, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde
|Principal Cast:||Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michele Morgan, Pierre Brasseur|
|Running Time:||91 minutes|
|Editors:||R. Le Hénaff|
|Awards:||Prix Louis Delluc 1938 Venice Film Festival 1938 (Special Recommendation)|
|Filmography:||Young Wolves (1968); Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965); Chicken Feed for Little Birds (1963); The Adultress (1953); Gates of the Night (1946); Children of Paradise (1945); Hotel du Nord (1938)|