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Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The first and probably least of the collaborations between screenwriter Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Carné's thrilling film is an important and undervalued influence on the post-war American noirs of the 1940s.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2012
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

September 11, 2012
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

What is often forgotten when discussing poetic realism is how entertaining the films are, and none is more so than Le Quai des Brumes.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

May 3, 2012
Philip Concannon
Little White Lies

Marcel Carné's film has fully earned its status as a classic of French poetic realism.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

May 3, 2012
Leo Robson
Financial Times

The results are frustrating, though Michel Simon is wonderfully vulnerable as the shopkeeper Zabel, who complains about the injustice of loving like Romeo but looking like Bluebeard.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

We empathize with their resistance to suffer, but it's hard to feel something other than philosophical respect for characters who think of swimmers as soon-to-be drowned men.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Essentially, this is film noir, so there's crime and romance, but both are submerged beneath a resolutely ground-level exploration of lives in crisis -- a mood bolstered by shots of the down-and-dirty French port groaning into action.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the reasons the French so readily accepted the American film noir of the 1940s is because they already had it in the 1930s, and this crime drama is proof of that.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 31, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Despite the hospitality of any character in the film, Port of Shadows is a clinical tragedy, and its characters are sentenced to suffer the instant they enter the film.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

August 3, 2004
Miles Fielder
The List

One of the definitive examples of the 'poetic realism' style of French cinema of the pre-war and wartime years...

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2012
Jake Euker

A pleasure to watch, and there's much to recommend it. But, like that other poetic realist stalwart Pépé le Moko, what's best about it is its atmosphere of romance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2004
Philip French
Observer [UK]

[A] 1938 masterpiece of poetic realism...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2012
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Predictably, all ends tragically. But mondieu, doesn't it look sublime?

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2012
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 5/5

November 24, 2004
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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It's a thorough-going study in blacks and grays, without a free laugh in it; but it is also a remarkably beautiful motion picture from the purely pictorial standpoint and a strangely haunting drama.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 28, 2006
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Not a cheerful evening's viewing, this, but a superb and compelling example of melancholic realism.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

May 2, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

Pessimistic, yet strangely sublime.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

May 3, 2012
Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
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As a film that neither attempts more than it can do nor is satisfied with the trivial, Port of Shadows is a pleasure.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 29, 2012
Emanuel Levy

This collaboration of Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert is a highlight of French poetic realism and a masterpiece of world cinema.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

January 24, 2013
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