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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.

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Cast

Jean Gabin
as Francois
Arletty
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
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Marcel Carné's classic work of poetic realism ...

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Time Out
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Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Village Voice
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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
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The story is excellently conceived and planned.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure.

June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)

½

A somber, suspenseful tale -- mostly told in flashback -- about a good man (Jean Gabin) who is driven to murder. As he barricades himself in his upstairs apartment, avoiding the police and a voyeuristic crowd, the events leading to the killing are recounted. The story involves a choice between two lovers, along with a smooth-talking dog trainer who becomes an obstacle. The direction and cinematography are wonderful, but some aspects about the climax were unsatisfying for me. And did the police really make no effort to negotiate in those days?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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½

awesome, i saw this a long time ago

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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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
Stella Dallas

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