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Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939)



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Told largely in flashbacks, Marcel Carne's dark melodrama stars Jean Gabin as a factory worker who kills the rival of his lover's affections, leading to a standoff with the authorities.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Prevert, Jacques Viot
On DVD: Sep 15, 2009


Jean Gabin
as Francois
as Clara
Jules Berry
as M. Valentin
Rene Genin
as Concierge
Mady Berry
as Concierge's Wife
Jacques Baumer
as The Inspector
Rene Bergeron
as Cafe Proprietor
Georges Douking
as Blind Man
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Critic Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

"Le Jour Se Leve" is an exploration of the question of who we love and why and how we love them that is surprisingly fresh and involving.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Marcel Carné's classic work of poetic realism ...

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

This prototype of film noir, from 1939, is both a grim feast of prewar French acting and a catalogue of French moods on the eve of disaster.

Full Review… | November 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

The story is excellently conceived and planned.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)


awesome, i saw this a long time ago

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

one of the great doomed romantic epics of poetic realism, with director marcel carné, his writing partner, the poet jacques prévert, and the fatalistic hero of so many films of the era, jean gabin, all at the height of their powers. wonderful atmosphere

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Great film! Jean Gabin puts on a clinic.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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