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Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)

Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1947)

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 0

Henri-Georges Clouzot's engrossing noir explores the troubles of post-war France and the line dividing social struggle and criminality.

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

Henri-Georges Clouzot's engrossing noir explores the troubles of post-war France and the line dividing social struggle and criminality.

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Following a three-year suspension from filmmaking after his Le Corbeau (1943) was judged too critical of his native France, director Henri-Georges Clouzot returned with this thriller that's equal parts crime drama and character study. Suzy Delair stars as Jenny Lamour, an ambitious music hall singer who wants to be a star and is willing to befriend the lecherous old men who ogle her act, inspiring the jealousy of Jenny's husband Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier). One particular fan of Jenny's is

May 27, 2003

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (0) | DVD (9)

Clouzot is able to reveal a complex and interactive working-class world in which cops and criminals are sometimes difficult to tell apart.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Direction by Henri-Georges Clouzot takes full advantage of every possible opportunity to bring out character and manages to keep the tempo at a fast clip all the time.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Jouvet's Maigret-esque cop gets all the best lines, and gives the film its human, tragic focus.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is a film well worth reviving, admiring and applauding.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Terrifically entertaining.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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An elegant show-biz noir that weaves an intricate web of deception and intrigue.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Very typical of Clouzot's films, he utilizes sound and score to enhance tension and his penchant for mystery uses the whodunit to good effect, always shifting his subjects from innocence to guilt and back.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The ignoble suspicions of Le Corbeau still churn under the razzmatazz surface

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A superior noirish thriller which gets right under the skin of the seedy world it inhabits.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A beautifully-made and beautifully-written film about people stuck in a place that won't let them lead anything but a crummy, second-rate life. Classical French cinema at its very best.

October 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

While the story is thin, Clouzot uses his immense skills to raise the picture above the standard for the genre.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A riveting noir-ish mystery that is unforgettable in just about every way.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

One of the great film noirs. It reaches the heart.

August 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

one of Henri-Georges Clouzot's greatest films, an influential thriller that is also a great character study.

July 27, 2003
Q Network Film Desk

Quai Des Orfèvres is distinguished (although a patent genre film), and my recommendation is inhibited only by knowledge of Clouzot's later efforts.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

One of the most satisfying French crime films of its era.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It captures the underbelly of post-World War II Paris in the most glorious black and white you've ever seen.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

For once, the character flaws are genuine human foibles instead of a screenwriter's idea of easily solved psychoses. These twitchy characters are pleasingly three-dimensional.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)

Beautifully photographed noir from master Clouzot with a perfect balance of farce and post-war social criticism.
October 23, 2011
Matheus Carvalho

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one of the most remarkable screenplays of any film ive seen. the details of the story are complex, but simply told and without missteps. clouzot deserves far more respect than he receives in the U.S., and this film simply adds to his legacy of astoundingly good suspense and horror films. blier was fantastic, and even the supporting players in smaller roles such as larquey as the cab driver deliver very solid performances. the ending is the best part, as it was unexpected even for clouzot, a director who is great with unexpected endings. great film.
March 6, 2011
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danny d

Super Reviewer

i enjoyed this. it's not a nailbiter like some of clouzot's other films but has a nice atmosphere and some really interesting characters, especially the detective and the photographer
August 30, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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Maybe not as thrilling as some of Clouzot's other films but a fine film nonetheless. One downside is it takes a while to get going, only really doing so once Louis Jouvet's police detective enters the picture. The secondary characters are more impressive than the leads, such as the already mentioned Jouvet and Simone Renant, who's character displays some quite blatant sexuality for the time.
April 13, 2010
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Emily B.

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