Film Series : Journeys Through French Cinema

Le jour se lève

Daybreak

1939, Marcel Carné, France, 93 min. With Jean Gabin, Arletty.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jul 15th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 17th 6:00pm

“A definitive example of sensuous, atmospheric moviemaking — you feel that you’re breathing the air that Gabin breathes.” — Pauline Kael

A closed door; a gunshot; a man staggers out and tumbles down the stairs. Beginning at the climax, the story then moves between the shooter (the charismatic Gabin), barricaded in his room against a police siege, and flashbacks showing the factors that brought him to the end of his rope: a grueling factory job, a nice girl (Jacqueline Laurent), a not-so-nice one (Arletty), and the scheming music-hall performer (played with gusto by Jules Berry of THE CRIME OF M. LANGE) with a hold over both women. Created by the celebrated team of director Carné and writer Jacques Prévert (CHILDREN OF PARADISE, PORT OF SHADOWS), this quintessential classic of the French “poetic realism” movement is considered a major forerunner of film noir.

Bertrand Tavernier singles out LE JOUR SE LÈVE for Carné’s brilliance in breaking down the scenes (“Every shot energizes the narrative”), for Maurice Jaubert’s music (“Based on a beating heart”), and for Jean Gabin’s performance (“There’s no one like him in moments of tenderness and vulnerability”). In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

SATURDAY DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Journeys Through French Cinema film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second "Journeys Through French Cinema" film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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