reblog: Le Jour se Lève and Film Noir

***Jean Gabin is a favorite of this site, as is French noir in general, and the same could be said for the blog B Noir Detour. Many thanks to the latter’s Salome Wilde for permission to reblog her splendid evaluation of 1939’s Le Jour se Lève.

B Noir Detour

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Every time I see a film starring Jean Gabin, I’m amazed anew. I love his acting style, the roles he plays, the directors he works with, and the artistic style of his films. Before yesterday, I’d seen and loved:

  • The Grand Illusion (1937)
  • La bête humaine (1938)
  • Moontide (1942)
  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

When searching for Pepe le Moko (1937) — which I put on my Cinema Shame 2018 list of must-sees) — I found Le jour se lève (1939). And I am so glad I did. The film is a stunner in so many ways, from style and direction to acting, plot, and social message. Given that this is a noir blog, I’m organizing this review by elements of noir style.

Expressionism and the Noir Look

The sets for this film are stupendous. They have an expressionist feel, and it doesn’t surprise me that both the main street, featuring…

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