This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee to discuss Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows.
About the film:
Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, as acts of both revenge and kindness render him front-page news. Also starring the blue-eyed phenomenon Michèle Morgan in her first major role, and the menacing Michel Simon, Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes) starkly portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Based on the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, the inimitable team of director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert deliver a quintessential example of poetic realism and a classic film from the golden age of French cinema.
Buy The Film On Amazon:
- Port of Shadows (1938) – The Criterion Collection
- Port of Shadows: Luc Sante’s essay – From the Current – The Criterion Collection
- Criterion Reflections: Port of Shadows (1938) – #245
- Film Notes – Port of Shadows
- Port of Shadows (1938) – IMDb
- Port of Shadows – Wikipedia
- TNR Film Classics: ‘Port of Shadows’ (November 22, 1939) | The New Republic
Music from this episode is by Maurice Jaubert and Pale Lights