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.
Appears in: Weekend Engagements
Genres: Film Noir
Other Films by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Clouzot’s controversial, claustrophobic film noir, set in a small countryside hamlet referred to as “anywhere,” follows the small-town doctor Germain (Pierre Fresnay) with a sordid past to hide and nowhere else to go. When townsfolk (at large) suspect Germain of performing secret abortions, he is put on the defensive, with mysterious ransom-esque notes showing up …