Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)1948
Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1948)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Inspector Antoine
as Jenny Lamour
as Maurice Martineau
as Brignon the Industrialist
as Police Commissioner
as Taxi driver
as Paulo, a Vagrant
as Hat check girl
Critic Reviews for Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)
Clouzot is able to reveal a complex and interactive working-class world in which cops and criminals are sometimes difficult to tell apart.
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.
Jouvet's Maigret-esque cop gets all the best lines, and gives the film its human, tragic focus.
This is a film well worth reviving, admiring and applauding.
Audience Reviews for Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)
Even for a more commercial effort, Clouzot lends his unique style and voice to a well-written and exquisitely-directed crime story that has great touches of humor and some very delightful performances by Delair and Jouvet (who is hilarious and gets the best lines).
Beautifully photographed noir from master Clouzot with a perfect balance of farce and post-war social criticism.
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.
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