Port of Desire (1960)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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In this tragedy, a sailor heads to Hamburg to search for the girl who became his friend a decade before when he had been a POW in Germany. He finds her in the red-light district, the Reeperbahn, where she works as a mud-wrestler in a crummy dive. She hates her job, and she hates the seedy clientele. When she meets the sailor, her hopes of a better life rise. Even though he is already married, the two fall in love. He promises to return that very night, but he is later knifed to death by a mugger. The unknowing woman, assuming he has abandoned her, is crushed and commits suicide.

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reunion, abandonment, death, friendship, homosexual, love, POW (Prisoner of War), prostitute/prostitution, romance, sailor, search, suicide, tragic-love