Port of Shadows
Le quai des brumes
Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean, an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, when acts of both revenge and kindness turn him into 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, one of the classics of the golden age of French cinema.
Marcel Carne (1906 - 1996) became interested in cinema while working as a journalist at the monthly film journal Cinémagazine at the end of the 1920s. The transition to filmmaking happened quite by chance. He met Belgian director Jacques Feyder’s wife, Françoise Rosay, at a dinner party, and was shortly after hired by Feyder as camera assistant. Under the German occupation of France during World War II, Carné worked in the Vichy zone where he subverted the regime's attempts to control art. He received a special César award in 1979 to honor "Les enfants du paradis" as "the best French film in the history of talking pictures". In 1958 he was the Head of the Jury at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival.
Selected filmography: “Jenny“ (1936), „Drole de Drame“ (1937), “Hotel du Nord” (1938), “Port of Shadows” (1938), “The Devil’s Envoys” (1942), “Children of Paradise” (1945), “The Gates of The Night” (1946), ”Three Rooms in Manhattan” (1965).
- Year: 1938
- Country: France
- Runtime: 91 min.
- Director: Marcel Carné
- Screenwriter: Jacques Prévert
- Actors: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan
- Producer: Gregor Rabinovitch
- Cinematographer: Eugen Schüfftan
- Company: Institut Français Lituanie
- Dialogs: French
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: T
- IMDB rating: 7.7