Les portes de la nuit (1946)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Marcel Carne's 1946 production La Porte de la Nuit was released in the U.S. four years later as Gates of the Night. Scripted by Carne's longtime collaborator Jacques Prevert, the film is set in Paris just after its liberation from the Nazis. The script points out that this was not only a time for rejoicing, but a period of guilt and remorse, especially for those who cooperated with the Nazis, overtly or otherwise. In one of his first starring roles, Yves Montand plays a former member of the French underground who carries on a furtive romance with the wife (Nathalie Nattier) of a wealthy man. Others essential to the action are Sergi Reggiani as a snivelly informer and Christian Simon as a ubiquitous (and obviously symbolic) street musician. A box-office disappointment in France, Gates of the Night did somewhat better abroad.




war, brother, bum, collaborator, courage, destiny, fantasy, France, husband, liberation, love, meeting, Nazism, profit, reality, resistance, search, suicide, surrealism, vagabond, woman