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!


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.


BLACK ORPHEUS
ORFEU NEGRO
1959, Janus Films, 100 min, Brazil/France, Dir: Marcel Camus

French director Marcel Camus based his film on the Brazilian play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, who in turn used the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus as inspiration. Dropped into the Rio de Janeiro slums during the annual Carnaval festival, Orpheus (Brazilian soccer star Breno Mello) drives a trolley and is engaged to marry Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira), for whom the wedding cannot come soon enough. But Orpheus is a lover-of-women who can’t be tied down - until he meets Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn). Sparks fly immediately, but Eurydice is having troubles of her own, menaced by a mysterious man in a skeleton costume as well as the jealous Mira. With a justly famous bossa nova score by Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim. In Portuguese with English subtitles.


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