Port of Shadows (Le quai des brumes) 1938

Port of Shadows

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Jean (Jean Gabin) is an army deserter who arrives in Le Havre, France, planning to leave the country on one of the many ships anchored there. He gets distracted in the foggy port city, however, when he falls in love with the lovely Nelly (Michèle Morgan). Jean faces some sinister competition, as Nelly is caught between the influence of her overbearing godfather (Michel Simon) and a petty gangster (Pierre Brasseur). Jean wants to skip town with Nelly, but tempers are escalating quickly.

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Critic Reviews for Port of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

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Audience Reviews for Port of Shadows (Le quai des brumes)

  • Oct 06, 2015
    Port of Shadows is French proto-noir. The film is put together nicely in terms of shooting and vibe; the main characters have an odd but good chemistry. I agree with other reviewers that the plot is a bit lacking and the film is strangely episodic but nonetheless uprate it on account of it satisfying my tastes (French, noir).
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2014
    Love is the only hope for people who, paradoxically seek freedom in their already predestined lives. An elegy with haunting, dreamlike atmosphere.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    an excellent thriller/mystery from marcel carne about a wandering soldier running from his past, but is unable to run from himself. the film has great performances, especially from gabin, and has a perfect running time to tell a simple story but keep the intrigue.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    Nelly...girl of the waterfront...who at seventeen...had lived far beyond her years
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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