GATES OF THE NIGHT
PORTES DE LA NUIT
1946, Janus Films, 100 min, France, Dir: Marcel Carné

Director Marcel Carné and collaborator Jacques Prévèrt, the toast of French cinema in 1945 with the release of the epic CHILDREN OF PARADISE, found themselves in the doghouse with critics and audiences alike when they released their follow-up, GATES OF THE NIGHT. A troubled production history (original stars Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich bailed out), a contentious storyline (no one was happy with the pointed references to the black market that had sprung up after the Liberation) and the film’s unremitting darkness raised eyebrows and hackles when it was released in 1946. Seventy years later, however, the film can be seen as a singular, masterful work, filled with colorful and mysterious performances - including a young and highly appealing Yves Montand. With Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Jean Vilar and Nathalie Nattier.


DAYBREAK
LE JOUR SE LEVE
1939, Rialto Pictures, 93 min, Dir: Marcel Carné

Six years before they made film history with CHILDREN OF PARADISE, writer Jacques Prévert and director Marcel Carné teamed up for this landmark of French cinema. Jean Gabin, in one of his best performances, plays a foundry employee driven to murder due to complicated romantic entanglements. With Arletty and Jules Berry. In French with English subtitles.


CHILDREN OF PARADISE
LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS
1945, Janus Films, 190 min, France, Dir: Marcel Carné

Jacques Prévert's timeless script follows a theater troupe traveling through 19th-century France, where mime Jean-Louis Barrault finds great success professionally but is unable to find happiness in his personal life. Prévert and Carné's epic treatment of intimate emotion was named the best French film of the century in a 1990s poll of more than 600 French filmmakers and critics. “Few achievements in the world of cinema can equal it.” - Roger Ebert. In French with English subtitles.


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