Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, January 18, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/1938—directed by Marcel Carné)

A brilliantly evocative example of pre-war poetic realism, Port of Shadows is one of the most haunting and dreamlike tales in French cinema history. In a lonely flophouse at the edge of Le Havre, outsiders converge: Jean Gabin’s hungry, broke, pugnacious, probably AWOL soldier; mysterious teenager Michèle Morgan in iconic beret and plastic raincoat; and shopkeeper Michel Simon (L’Atalante, The Two of Us) proclaiming his honesty and love for sacred music (but sporting one of the cinema’s creepiest beards). Ultimately the choice for Gabin (Grand Illusion) comes down to hopping a ship out of the harbor or the continuing pursuit of a sudden love in this first of the successes of director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert (Children of Paradise). This stunning new digital restoration features an all-new translation. In French with English subtitles. (91 min.)
"Five Stars! Perfection... a marvelously moody thriller! Seldom has the seedy side of life seemed so utterly seductive." –Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York