Port of Shadows Film Still

Port of Shadows

Marcel Carné

 
Port of Shadows (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1938
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #245

Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, as acts of both revenge and kindness render him front-page news. Also starring the blue-eyed phenomenon Michèle Morgan in her first major role, and the menacing Michel Simon, Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes) starkly portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Based on the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, the inimitable team of director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert deliver a quintessential example of poetic realism and a classic film from the golden age of French cinema.

Cast

JeanJean Gabin
NellyMichèle Morgan
ZabelMichel Simon
LucienPierre Brasseur
PanamaEdouard Delmont
Half-PintRaymond Aimos
Michel KraussRobert Le Vigan
The doctorRené Génin
Lucien's girlfriendJenny Burnay
Lucien's cohortClaude Walter
The truck driverMarcel Perez
Hotel waiterRoger Legris
The dogKiki

Credits

DirectorMarcel Carné
ScreenplayJacques Prévert
Based on the novel Le Quai des brumes (1927) byPierre Mac Orlan
ProducerGrégor Rabinovitch
EditingRené Le Hénaff
CinematographyEugen Schüfftan
Assistant cameraPhilippe Agostini, Henri Alekan, Marc Froissard and Louis Page
Production managerSimon Schiffrin
Original musicMaurice Jaubert
SoundAntoine Archimbaud
Set designAlexandre Trauner
CostumesCoco Chanel

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Gallery of production stills and promotional posters
  • French theatrical trailer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: A 32-page booklet featuring a new essay by cultural historian Luc Sante and a new translation of excerpts from Marcel Carné’s autobiography Ma vie à belles dents (My Life with Gusto)

    Design by Eric Skillman, based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Port of Shadows

By Luc Sante July 19, 2004

As epochal as any film made in France in the 1930s, Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes, 1938) is a definitive example of the style known as “poetic realism.” The ragged outlines, the lowdown . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Port of Shadows

By Luc Sante July 19, 2004

As epochal as any film made in France in the 1930s, Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes, 1938) is a definitive example of the style known as “poetic realism.” The ragged outlines, the lowdown . . . Read more »