Le Quai des Brumes / Le Jour rises: The great successes of the trio Marcel Carné / Jacques Prévert / Jean Gabin

Le Quai des Brumes / Le Jour rises: The two great successes of the Carné / Prévert / Gabin trio
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The Quai des Brumes
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The Quai des Brumes
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The day begins
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The day begins
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The day begins
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Le Quai des Brumes / Le Jour rises: The two great successes of the Carné / Prévert / Gabin trio
The Quai des Brumes
The Quai des Brumes
The day begins
The day begins
The day begins

The Quai des Brumes

The day begins

The day begins

The first returns Sunday on C8.

Zoom on two classics worn by Jean Gabin and made by Marcel Carne from scenarios of Jacques Prévert : The Quay of Mists and The day begins. The success of these two ambitious works, released in 1938 and 1939, is difficult to measure by the numbers, since the box office had not yet been established (read details in the article below on The Great Illusion).

Despite the censorship, Jean Gabin and Jean Renoir enjoyed enormous success with La Grande illusion

The Quai des Brumes

“You have beautiful eyes you know ?” This line, said by Gabin to the young Michèle Morgan, is one of the most famous in French cinema. It was written by Jacques Prévert, to whom Marcel Carné had appealed following the success of Funny drama, which they had designed together in 1937, when he wanted to adapt the eponymous novel by Pierre Mac Orlan published ten years earlier. The writer really liked this book and had carte blanche to draw this free adaptation following a deserter from the colonial army, who wants to leave France. Arrived at the port of Le Havre, he meets Nelly, a young woman with whom he immediately falls in love, but who is under the control of a tutor who terrifies her (played by Michel Simon). The Quai des brumes escaped censorship in 1938, on condition that the word “deserter” was never used. It even won the Louis Delluc Prize and was hailed by the Venice Film Festival for its staging, when it was released, before being finally banned during the Occupation. When it was reprogrammed in cinemas after the war, in 1946, it was subject to a ban on children under 16, which was only lifted … in 2011.

Now all audiences, don’t miss The Quay of Mists, rich and melancholy work, which also marked its actors in the intimacy: only a few months after its success, Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan found themselves on the film Trailers, by Jean Grémillon (also written by Prévert), behind the scenes they had an idyll.

Michèle Morgan in five films

The day begins

“You will admit that you have to have water in the gas and butterflies in the meter to have been with such a guy for three years!” One year after this success, the trio continues with The day begins, where Gabin this time gives the reply to Arletty. The actor plays there again a man wounded by the life, who, desperate after having assassinated a man, barricades himself in his room, besieged by the police. He then remembers all the events that led him to commit this crime. The construction of the film, mainly in flashbacks, was unprecedented at the time: on the other side of the Atlantic, Citizen Kane will be released only two years later.

The day begins marks the public for its social message and its humanism. He does not escape censorship either, but not for his subject: a sequence which showed Arletty coming out naked from the shower was cut under the Vichy regime, and was not reinstated in the editing during its reprogramming in 1946. It was not until 2014 (!) That these images were found, restored and added to the film.

Censored scene from daybreak resurfaces 75 years later

Jean Gabin, Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert had other projects in common afterwards, but not all three together: for example, the director called on the actor again in 1954 to play a boxing trainer in Paris Air, but this one was scripted by Jacques Sigurd (Cheaters, Crime doesn’t pay…). Jacques Prévert was also not credited in the credits of The Marie of the port (released in 1950) even if he was able to unofficially edit the script of the dada author Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes. Subsequently, he wrote well other works that have become classics for the filmmaker, such as Evening Visitors and Children of Paradise, but Jean Gabin was no longer in the game.

Did you know ? Jean Gabin was the first president of the Caesar

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