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3.8 of 5 from 74 ratings
1h 29min
Rent Port of Shadows (aka Le Quai Des Brumes) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter, arrives in Le Havre and looks for a shelter before leaving the French territory. Housed in a shed on the harbour, at the end of the docks, he meets an eccentric painter and a mysterious and beautiful girl called Nelly (Michèle Morgan)... From then on he will be trapped in a tragic destiny, in spite of his passion for Nelly and his will to live...
Actors:
, , , , , , Robert Le Vigan, , , , , , Léo Malet, , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Gregor Rabinovitch
Writers:
Pierre Dumarchais
Aka:
Le Quai Des Brumes
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
France, Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/06/2012
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Professor Ginette Vincendeau (French Cinema Expert)
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/09/2012
Run Time:
92 minutes
Bonus:
  • On The Port Of Shadows
  • Introduction to 'Le Quai Des Brumes' by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic
  • Restoring 'Le Quai Des Brumes'

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Reviews (1) of Port of Shadows

Portentous pre-Noir. - Port of Shadows review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
15/06/2012

Le Quai des Brumes exists in a world of myth and premonition. The story of Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter, who finds a coterie of lost, distressed people in a Le Havre, dockside bar; and Michele Morgan, beautiful and so young, in her transparent raincoat. Poetic realist Jacques Prevert allows no relief from the view of life as brief moment of passion set in a fog of misery.

In WWII, Vichy said that the war was lost because of Le Quai des Brumes. Director Carne, said you don't blame the barometer for the weather. But even though the the occupation was two years away, the film's shattered, weary fatalism seems to anticipate the impotent shame of the war.

A powerful film, with another great performance by Jean Gabin, a wonderful script and a gloomy pre-noir look, Le Quai des Brumes is a haunting, depressing experience.

Strangely, costumes were by Coco Chanel!

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