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Big screen classics

Le Jour se lève

Daybreak

Jean Gabin stars as a lovelorn foundry-worker undone by deceit, disappointment and jealousy.

Image from Le Jour se lève

France 1939
Dir Marcel Carné
With Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jules Berry, Jacqueline Laurent
92min
Digital 4K (except Studio)
Certificate PG

A collaboration between Carné and writer Jacques Prévert, this begins with Gabin’s foundry-worker holed up in an attic surrounded by armed police: a lengthy flashback explains how love, lies, disappointment and jealousy brought him to such a predicament. Performances, production design (Alexandre Trauner), camerawork, music (Maurice Jaubert) and script are orchestrated to create one of the pinnacles of French ‘poetic realism’.


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