<i>Quai des Orfèvres</i>. 1947. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Quai des Orfèvres

    1947. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. 105 min.

Friday, December 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Quai des Orfèvres

    1947. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Screenplay by Clouzot, based on the novel by Stanislas-André Steeman. With Suzy Delair, Louis Jouvet, Bernard Blier, Simon Renant. Clouzot radically transformed Steeman’s detective novel about the murder of a rich old lecher into a coruscating masterpiece of the French crime genre. Together with cameraman Armand Thirard and production designer Max Douy, he brilliantly captured the bleak nocturnal atmosphere and rich patois of the shabby music halls and the dank police headquarters along the Seine. A nervous desperation pervades the film—born of cold ambition, restless sexual hunger, and suicidal yearning—as detective Antoine (played to sardonic perfection by Jouvet) grows increasingly suspicious of slutty chanteuse Delair (whose rendition of “Avec son Tra-la-la” became legendary), her washed-up, masochistic songwriter husband (Blier), and the beautiful lesbian photographer who comes between them (Renant). Courtesy Rialto Pictures. 105 min.

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