Le jour se lève (1939)

Genres - Drama, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Melodrama, Psychological Drama, Urban Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 14, 2014 (USA - Limited Rerelease)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert's classic of French poetic realism stars Jean Gabin in one of his most famous roles as Francois, a rough, barrel-chested loner who hides out in his apartment awaiting for the police to arrive. Francois has killed a man in a crime of passion, the slimy lothario Valentin (Jules Berry). As he listens in the darkness of his Normandy apartment to the police sirens closing in and getting louder, he recalls the two women that he loved -- Francoise (Jacqueline Laurent) and Clara (Arletty) -- and the evil Valentin, who stole both their hearts and forced Francois into this melancholy plight. The film was later re-made in Hollywood as The Long Night.

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killing, love, murder, one-against-odds, police, rival, romance, seduction, self-discovery, stand-off, trapped