Quai des Orfèvres Film Still

Quai des Orfèvres

Henri-Georges Clouzot

 
Quai des Orfèvres (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1947
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #193

Blacklisted for his daring “anti-French” masterpiece Le corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the 1947 crime-fiction adaptation Quai des Orfèvres. Set within the vibrant dance halls and crime corridors of 1940s Paris, Quai des Orfèvres follows ambitious performer Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), her covetous husband Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier), and their devoted confidante Dora Monier (Simone Renant) as they attempt to cover one another’s tracks when a sexually orgreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet), whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunit murder mystery.

Cast

Detective Lieutenant Antoine Louis Jouvet
Jenny Martineau, aka "Jenny Lamour"Suzy Delair
Maurice MartineauBernard Blier
Dora Monnier Simone Renant
Georges BrignonCharles Dullin
The Captain René Blancard
Detective PicardJean Daurand
Emile, the taxi driverPierre Larquey
Paulo, the thiefRobert Dalban
Manon, the prostituteClaudine Dupuis
Poitevin, the ticket-takerCharles Blavette
Cloakroom attendantJeanne Fusier-Gir
Paul Toscano
and his Gypsy Orchestra

Credits

DirectorHenri-Georges Clouzot
ProducerRoger de Venloo
ScreenplayHenri-Georges Clouzot and Jean Ferry
Inspired by the novel Legitime Defense byStanislas-André Steeman
CinematographyArmand Thirard
Production designMax Douy
Assistant directorSerge Vallin
CameramanLouis Née
Costume designJacques Fath
SoundWilliam Robert Sivel
EditingCharles Bretoneiche
MusicFrancis Lopez
Musical directionAlbert Lasry
LyricsAndré Hornez
Director of productionLouis Wipf

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the film, made from restored film elements
  • Interviews with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and actors Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair, and Simone Renant, from the 1971 French television program Au cinéma ce soir
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster gallery from the film’s international release
  • Essay by author Luc Sante
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Christine Ditrio

Film Essays

Quai des Orfèvres

By Luc SanteMay 26, 2003

Quai des Orfèvres is nominally a policier—a crime story, less a mystery than a police . . . Read more »

Dispatches

Toronto Dispatch: Clouzot Lost and Found

By Michael KoreskySeptember 23, 2009

One enters any major film festival with hopes of discovering a budding auteur, a new voice . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Quai des Orfèvres

By Luc SanteMay 26, 2003

Quai des Orfèvres is nominally a policier—a crime story, less a mystery than a police . . . Read more »