Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (1939)
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as M. Valentin
as Concierge's Wife
as The Inspector
as Cafe Proprietor
as Old Woman
as Blind Man
Critic Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)
"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.
Gorgeously melancholy, and not just because of its tragic love-triangle plot ...
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.
Possibly the best of the Carné-Prévert films, certainly their collaboration at its most classically pure.
Audience Reviews for Le Jour se lève (Daybreak)
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?
awesome, i saw this a long time ago
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
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