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Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

France 1947 106 mins. In French

Often overshadowed by the earlier controversy of Le Corbeau (1943) and the later unimpeachable masterpieces The Wages of Fear (1953) and Diabolique (1955), Quai des Orfèvres is one of noir master Clouzot’s finest films and here newly restored, ready to take its rightful place in the upper echelon of his work. Artist couple Jenny (Suzy Delair) and Maurice (Bernard Blier) seek success but can’t find it anywhere. When Jenny, a notorious flirt, gets involved with an elderly businessman, Maurice, normally timid, seethes with jealousy and violence. Enter the unforgettable Inspector Antoine (Clouzot’s old friend Louis Jouvet), who seeks answers at any cost. Set in the dark corners, alleys, and nightclubs of post-war Paris, Quai des Orfèvres is thick with cigarette smoke and even thicker with intrigue.  “Brooding, beautifully made…filmmaker Clouzot, who won the directing prize at Venice for this film, is incapable of making anyone or any situation standard”—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.

Genres: Film Noir

Appears in: Weekend Engagements