Port of Shadows (Le quai des brumes) Reviews

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January 31, 2013
Because it is so uncompromising, so pure, "Port of Shadow's" particularly French brand of romantic fatalism still knocks us out decades after the fact.
January 24, 2013
This collaboration of Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert is a highlight of French poetic realism and a masterpiece of world cinema.
September 13, 2012
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.
September 11, 2012
From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order.
August 29, 2012
As a film that neither attempts more than it can do nor is satisfied with the trivial, Port of Shadows is a pleasure.
May 5, 2012
[A] 1938 masterpiece of poetic realism...
May 5, 2012
Carn's thrilling film is an important and undervalued influence on the post-war American noirs of the 1940s.
May 4, 2012
One of the definitive examples of the 'poetic realism' style of French cinema of the pre-war and wartime years...
May 3, 2012
Pessimistic, yet strangely sublime.
May 3, 2012
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.
May 3, 2012
What is often forgotten when discussing poetic realism is how entertaining the films are, and none is more so than Le Quai des Brumes.
May 3, 2012
Marcel Carn's film has fully earned its status as a classic of French poetic realism.
May 3, 2012
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.
April 30, 2012
Predictably, all ends tragically. But mondieu, doesn't it look sublime?
January 9, 2008
This marvelous distillation of the prevailing mood in prewar France was the first feature to win critical acclaim for the directing-writing team of Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert.
May 2, 2007
Not a cheerful evening's viewing, this, but a superb and compelling example of melancholic realism.
January 28, 2006
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.
December 31, 2005
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.
November 24, 2004
August 3, 2004
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.
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