Le Quai Des Brumes

Le Quai Des Brumes

Synopsis

A marvellously moody thriller, Carné’s newly restored classic of "poetic realism" gave Gabin one of his most memorably iconic roles as an army deserter on the run. Holed up in a waterfront dive in foggy Le Havre, Jean hopes to escape by boat to Venezuela, but his plans run aground when he falls for Nelly (Morgan), the young ward of the lecherous Zabel (Simon) and clearly an object of jealous desire for local gangster Julien (Brasseur). But how can Jean protect her if he’s headed abroad? Jacques Prévert’s typically astute script is merely the starting point for one of the most roundly satisfying crime movies of the pre-war years; with its gallery of garrulous low-lifes, Alexandre Trauner’s magically evocative sets, the melancholy mists and shadows conveyed by Eugene Schufftan’s camera, Coco Chanel’s discreetly stylish costume designs and Maurice Jaubert’s haunting score, the film is a wonder of collaborative artistry. The bittersweet atmosphere of fatalistic romanticism is brilliantly sustained by Carné and his cast; seldom has the seedy side of life seemed so utterly seductive...

Technical Specs

Director: Marcel Carné
Year: 1938
Country: France
Language: French
Duration: 91 min
Colour: B/W
Alternate Title: Port Of Shadows