French Cinema of the 1930s

German Occupation of France

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For more info, see "Time Line - Europe - March 1938-May 1941" (pdf format, 5)

Poetic Realism

Marcel Carné


Source: Richardson.

Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan in Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938, Le Quai des brumes)


"A deserter (Jean) encounters in a harbor a poor girl (Nelly). They fall in love but he kills his girl-friend's tutor who wanted to rape her. At last he's killed himself by a hooligan and the ship he wanted to go aboard to escape goes away without him." (IMDb)

Hotel du Nord and Le Jour se Lève

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Mise-en-scene

Studio settings, rarely on location

Le Jour Se Lève set design by Alexandre Trauner.


"Evocative physical detail" -- setting/props used for "symbolic" purposes (Andrew, 116).

For example, Le Jour Se Lève:


Problems With Our Copy of Le Jour Se Lève

The subtitling on our print excludes some key dialogue--including a sexually frank discussion between François and Clara. Details available here.



Bibliography

1. The Internet Movie Database Ltd., Copyright 1990-1998.

2. Andrew, Dudley. "Poetic Realism." In Rediscovering French Cinema. Ed. Mary Lea Baudy. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1983.

3. Carné, Marcel and Jacques Prevért. Le Jour Se Lève. Translated and with a description of the action by Dinah Brooke and Nicola Hayden. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970.

4. Jewish Virtual Library, "German Occupied Europe," www.us-israel.org/jsource/Holocaust/occmap.html.

5. Penn State Maps Library, "Time Line - Europe - March 1938-May 1941," www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/maps/text/EUR1938.pdf .

6. Jim Richardson, "The Greatest Film Ever Made," Der Stump, 7/16/75, reprinted 8/15/00 in an abridged version without images at: The Internet Movie Database Ltd. (IMDb) & Amazon.com.

7. "Marcel Carné," mapage.noos.fr/moulinhg/cineclub/cine.francais.30/cinema.francais.1930.html .

8. Cinessonne, "Marcel Carné," cines.carne.free.fr/marcel/marcel.htm



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