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Author McCann, Ben, author

Title Le jour se lève / Ben McCann
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2014


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 MELB  791.430944 Mcc/Jst  AVAILABLE
Description 129 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Cine-files: The French Film Guides
French film guides series.
Summary Le Jour se lève (1939), directed by Marcel Carné, is widely recognised as the classic French Poetic Realist film. Told in flashback, it recounts the story of a man who has committed a murder, and who awaits his fate as the police close in. Carné shuttles between different registers, tones, and textures throughout, marshalling the studio's resources to create striking pictorial compositions. The film also contains the great French star Jean Gabin's most iconic performance as François, marooned at the top of his apartment building. Ben McCann's perceptive and lively book traces the evolution of 'Le Jour se lève' and situates it in a very specific historical moment. He also underlines the importance of actors Jules Berry and Arletty, production designer Alexandre Trauner, writer Jacques Prévert, and cinematographer Curt Courant in establishing the film's tone, mood, and visual style. He charts the national and international reception of the film, uncovering a work that deeply divided critics at a time of national crisis. He also reveals Le Jour se lève to be a key transitional work between European and American noir and compares it with the 1947 Hollywood remake, The Long Night
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-126) and index
Subject Jour se lève (Motion picture)
Motion pictures -- France -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781780765921