Marcel Carné

  • Marcel Carné – L’Air de Paris AKA Air of Paris (1954)

    Marcel Carné1951-1960ClassicsDramaFranceQueer Cinema(s)

    Though filmmaker Marcel Carne was no longer considered a trendsetter in the French cinema in the 1950s, his films still turned a profit and pleased the crowd. Heading the cast of Carne’s L’Air de Paris is Jean Gabin, the star of the director’s earlier Daybreak and other films. Gabin plays Victor, an over-the-hill boxer who hopes to train his ring successor. One of his proteges is railroad worker Andre (Roland Lesaffre), who is hated on sight by Victor’s wife Blanche (Arletty). Before long, the irresponsible Andre proves that Blanche was right when he abandons his training in favor of a flashy floozie (Marie Daems). The ending of the film is Pure Hollywood, no matter what language the actors are speaking. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Marcel Carné – Terrain vague AKA Wasteland (1960)

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    Young Danny, better known as Tomb, is the toughest in a street gang in Paris. She dresses as a boy and fights like a man.Read More »

  • Marcel Carné – Les Assassins de l’Ordre AKA Law Breakers (1971)

    Marcel Carné1971-1980CrimeFrancePolitics

    Judge Level is investigating the death of a man named Saugeat, who died shortly after being arrested for a minor offence by two police inspectors one December morning. No one seems to want to offer any testimony, other than the prostitute Danièle Lebegue, who calls on Level as soon as she hears the news of Saugeat’s death. She tells the judge that she couldn’t come earlier because she was instructed by Chief Inspector Bertrand to leave Paris for a short while. It becomes apparent to Level that someone is trying to hide something from him…
    — James Travers.Read More »

  • Marcel Carné – La Marie du port AKA Marie of the Port (1950)

    Marcel Carné1941-1950DramaFranceRomance

    Recovering from his disastrous experience with the never-completed La Fleur de L’Age, French filmmaker Marcel Carne proved he hadn’t lost his touch with La Marie du Port. Played by Nicole Courcel, the eponymous Marie is the younger sister of Odile (Blanchette Burnoy). Odile in turn is the mistress of been-there-done-that Chatelard (Jean Gabin). Upon meeting Marie, Chatelard’s cynicism melts away. Still, he merely toys with the girl’s affections–at least until he discovers that Odile is carrying on an affair with Marie’s boyfriend. Chatelard stops Marie from committing suicide, and for the first time in his life really means it when he pledges his undying devotion. Like many French films of the era, La Marie du Port was but a shadow of its former self when the American censors got through with it.Read More »

  • Marcel Carné & Michel Sanvoisin – Nogent, Eldorado du dimanche (1929)

    1921-1930ExperimentalFranceMarcel CarnéMichel SanvoisinSilent

    IMDB Review wrote:
    Seven years before his first feature-length film “Jenny” ,Carné already displayed the populisme,the command of the picture and the brilliance which would mark his golden era (1936-1946) .With hindsight,it is pity that ,for lack of money,he could not make his final film ,”Mouche” from Guy de Maupassant , which would have taken place down by the Marne ,and which might perhaps have returned him to former glories.Read More »

  • Marcel Carné – Drôle de drame AKA Bizarre, bizarre (1937)

    Marcel Carné1931-1940ComedyFrance

    Synopsis: “A French farce set in Victorian London where a botanist and his wife get into trouble when they pretend to go missing in order to hide from their sanctimonious cousin – an Anglican bishop who is leading a campaign against such writing.”
    – IMDbRead More »

  • Marcel Carné – Les tricheurs AKA The Cheaters AKA Youthful Sinners (1958)

    1951-1960ClassicsDramaFranceMarcel Carné

    Middle class student Bob Letellier (Jacques Charrier) enters a new world when he meets Alain (Laurent Terzieff), a free-thinking rebel who, along with his group of young Parisians, has opted for a life of instant gratification instead of work and commitment. At a party, Bob meets a young woman, Mic (Pascale Petit), who appears to be just as carefree and cynical as Alain. Mic’s only dream is to own a luxury car, and with Bob’s help, she manages to find the money to but it. Mic’s friend Clo (Andrea Parisy) discovers she is pregnant and, not knowing who the father is, she asks Bob to marry her. When they next meet at a party, Bob and Mic deny that they have any feelings for one another – a declaration that soon leads to tragedy…Read More »

  • Marcel Carné – Le pays, d’où je viens AKA The country I come from (1956)

    France1951-1960ComedyFantasyMarcel Carné

    One Christmas Eve, a carefree young man, Eric, arrives in a small provincial town. Here, he meets Julien, a bar pianist who is his exact double. Julien is in love with Marinette, a pretty waitress, but he is too shy to make any romantic overtures. Eric decides to give the course of true love a helping hand by pretending to be Julien. Meanwhile, Eric’s fabulously wealthy uncle has sent his minions out to bring him back home, so that he may celebrate Christmas in the bosom of his family.

    Julien, pianiste de bar est follement amoureux de la petite Marinette, serveuse dans le même local. Mais il ne parvient pas à déclarer sa flamme. Arrive, la veille de Noël, dans le petit village enneigé, Eric, le sosie du jeune musicien…Read More »

  • Marcel Carné – Jenny (1936)

    1931-1940DramaFranceMarcel Carné

    Jenny is the manager of a night club which harbours dubious activities. Her lover, Lucien, has been dragged into the gang against his will. A man called Benoit is resolved to put an end to the affair between Jenny and Lucien, and employs a hunch-backed accomplice nicknamed Dromadaire. Danielle, Jenny’s daughter, is deserted by her fiancé because of her mother’s life, and finds out the truth ; she confides in Lucien. The two fall in love and decide to go away together. Lucien tells Jenny he is going to break with her, and then is badly injured and taken to hospital after a fight with Benoit. Jenny goes to visit him, and Lucien explains that he is in love with a young lady, whose identity Jenny guesses.Read More »

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