PORT DU DESIR
HOUSE ON THE WATERFRONT
1955, Pathé, 94 min, France, Dir: Edmond T. Gréville

A sea captain turned salvage expert (Gabin) finds himself involved in an ever-darkening missing persons case that leads to the Marseille mob after a young woman (Andrée Debar) asks for his help in locating her sister. Director Gréville gives us fabulously seedy barroom interiors, dockside intrigue and riveting underwater sequences in what might be the first example of “film soleil” - a movie with all the sordid attributes of noir, but shot (mostly) in bright sunlight. With tragic ’50s heartthrob Henri Vidal as the reluctant diver who falls in love with Debar. A unique entry in Gabin's illustrious career!


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