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Port of Shadows

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Port of Shadows
original poster
Directed byMarcel Carné
Written byJacques Prévert (scenario and dialogue)
Pierre Mac Orlan (novel)
Produced byGregor Rabinovitch
StarringJean Gabin
Michel Simon
Michèle Morgan
Pierre Brasseur
CinematographyEugen Schüfftan
Edited byRené Le Hénaff
Music byMaurice Jaubert
Franco London Films[1]
Distributed byOsso Films (France)
Film Alliance of the United States Inc. (US)
Release dates
18 May 1938 (France)
October 29, 1939 (USA)
Running time
91 min

Port of Shadows (French: Le Quai des brumes [lədebʁym], "The dock of mists") is a 1938 French film directed by Marcel Carné. An example of poetic realism, it stars Jean Gabin, Michel Simon and Michèle Morgan. The screenplay was written by Jacques Prévert based on a novel by Pierre Mac Orlan.[2] The music score was by Maurice Jaubert. The film was the 1939 winner of France's top cinematic prize, the Prix Louis-Delluc.

According to Charles O'Brien, the film is one of the earliest to be called film noir by critics (1939, France).[3][4]

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On a foggy night, Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter, catches a ride to the port city of Le Havre. Hoping to start over, Jean finds himself in a lonely bar at the far edge of town. However, while getting a good meal and civilian clothes, Jean meets Nelly (Michèle Morgan), a 17-year-old who has run away from her godfather, Zabel, with whom she lives. Jean and Nelly spend time together over the following days, but they are often interrupted by Zabel, who is also in love with her, and by Lucien, a gangster who is looking for Nelly's ex-boyfriend, Maurice, who has recently gone missing. Jean resents the intrusions of Lucien and twice humiliates him by slapping him. When Nelly finds out that her godfather killed Maurice out of jealousy, she uses the information to blackmail him and prevent him from telling the police that Jean is a deserter. Although the two are in love, Jean plans to leave on a ship for Venezuela. At the last minute Jean leaves the ship to say goodbye to Nelly; he saves her from the hands of Zabel, whom he kills, but when they go out on to the street he is shot in the back by Lucien and dies in her arms.



The film is in the style that Carné was most associated with, poetic realism. Lucy Sante writes that "Port of Shadows possesses nearly all the qualities that were once synonymous with the idea of French cinema. Gabin—eating sausage with a knife or talking around a cigarette butt parked in the corner of his mouth or administering a backhanded slap to Brasseur—is the quintessential French tough guy, as iconic a figure as Bogart playing Sam Spade. Michèle Morgan, ethereal and preoccupied, may pale a bit in comparison to some of her sisters in Parisian movies of the time (Arletty, for example), but she comes to life in bed, in a scene you can’t imagine occurring in an American movie before 1963 or so. The hazy lights, the wet cobblestones, the prehensile poplars lining the road out of town, the philosophical gravity of peripheral characters, the idea that nothing in life is more important than passion—such things defined a national cinema that might have been dwarfed by Hollywood in terms of reach and profit but stood every inch as tall as regards grace and beauty and power."[5]


Frank S. Nugent in The New York Times wrote that the film is "one of the most engrossing and provocative films of the season"; according to him, "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. As a steady diet, of course, it would give us the willies; for a change it's as tonic as a raw winter's day."[6] At the time of its release, the film was widely criticized for being too negative about the State and moral character of the French.[citation needed]

Over 60 years after its premiere, Lucy Sante, writing about the film for its DVD release by Criterion Collection, called the film a "definitive example of the style known as 'poetic realism'. The ragged outlines, the lowdown settings, the romantic fatalism of the protagonists, the movement of the story first upward toward a single moment of happiness and then down to inexorable doom—the hallmarks of the style had germinated in some form or other through the decade, but in Marcel Carné's third feature they came together as archetypes."[7]

Danish director Carl Dreyer included Port of Shadows in his top 10 film list.[8]

A scene from the film is seen projected in the 2007 Academy Award-winning dramatization of Ian McEwan's wartime tragic drama Atonement.

Home media

Before July 2004,[7] Criterion Collection gave the film a "bare-bones" release, with a booklet and limited on-screen special features; according to James Steffen of Turner Classic Movies, the DVD's "high-definition transfer does justice to Carné, Schufftan and Trauner's richly detailed vision", though there are issues because of the "highly variable" quality of the 35mm film used: "Within the same scene some shots can be startlingly clear, while others are very grainy and have much weaker contrast and detail. On the balance, it still looks extremely good for a film of this vintage." Steffen also noted the "mono sound is clear and without too much distortion. The characters use lots of colorful slang whose flavor is difficult to translate into English, but the subtitles do an admirable job."[9]


  1. ^ Port of Shadows at AllMovie
  2. ^ "Le Quai des brumes/Port of Shadows". Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  3. ^ "The Streets of Paris".
  4. ^ "O'Brien, Charles – Film Studies".
  5. ^ Sante, Lucy. "Port of Shadows". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  6. ^ Frank S. Nugent (October 30, 1939). "Port of Shadows, a Somber French Film, at the New Central". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Lucy Sante (July 19, 2004). "Port of Shadows". Essay. Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  8. ^ "Recommendations: Directors' Favorite Films".[self-published source?]. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  9. ^ James Steffen. "Le Quai des Brumes". Home Video Review. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2011-11-03.

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