“Generally considered among French, if not world, cinema’s greatest accomplishments, Carné’s film features not only grand settings but an extraordinary assemblage of actors—Étienne Decroux, who taught mime art to Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault; Pierre Brasseur; Pierre Renoir; Maria Casares; Arletty; and more. The script, based on a mélange of French literary sources, centers on four admirers who court actress Garance (Arletty): a mime, an actor, a duke, and a killer. While she gives something of herself to each, she loves only the pure, naïve, romantic mime. Yet she renounces him on the touching plea of a boy wanting his father back. A fable-like tale soaked in the blood of dark 18th-century intrigue.”—Pietro Ferrua.
Appears in: Classic French Cinema
Other Films by Marcel Carné
Like his classic The Children of Paradise, Carné’s haunting noir is one of the classics of French poetic realism and considered by many to be his greatest film. François (Jean Gabin), a factory worker, reflects on the circumstances of love, rivalry, and betrayal that have led to his standoff in a police dragnet. Holed up …