La bete humaine

March 12, 2006

La Bete Humaine (1938) is often cited as an example of poetic realism, popular in the 1930s in France, and that also anticipated the popularity of film noir in the 1940s. Jean Renoir’s film was based loosely on Emile Zola’s novel with the filmmaker... 

Touchez pas au Grisbi

August 9, 2005

Based on Albert Simonin’s famous French crime novel of the same name, Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954) concerns the friendship between two aging gangsters, Max (Gabin) and Riton (Dary). They have been friends for a long time as is evident from the familiar... 

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes)

May 20, 2004

“Oh, society is what it is, a bit sinister, a bit seamy, but I’ve heard there are beautiful things in it too.” This line is spoken by an artist early on in Port of Shadows (1938) and perfectly describes the world of this movie. Based on Pierre Mac...