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Quai des Orfèvre



[xrr rating=8/10]

Released: 1947

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Stars:  Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant and Bernard Blier

Certificate: PG

Reviewer: William McAbee

France in cinema history has had some of the most interesting films during its run. Their film has had significant impact on American cinema and the rest of the world. One of those directors is Henri-Georges Clouzot who directed Quai des Orfèvres. The film follows Jenny Lamour is want to become famous and a theater star. When she starts making moves on a perverted businessman (Brignon), her husband (Maurice) decides to threaten he businessman with murder. Unfortunately, Jenny goes to meet the businessman secretly and Maurice follows her. That same evening Brignon is murder and it is time for Inspector Antonie to solve the case.

            The best part of the films comes in its second half in the film after the murder of Brignon. The Inspector Antoine is one a stand out as a great character that really carries the film. He is charming and likeable and it is too much fun watching him through the police procedurals. His best stuff comes during the interrogation scenes as we continuously cut between the three citizens the police are holding. It is great editing and marvelous direction at the same time, very noir-ish and its impact on film noir can be clearly seen. There are some great night scenes in the street and also an amazing shot in the jail of blood running from one cell to the other. Though where Clouzot’s magic really shines is in the script where the dialogue is gold! The script is snappy and really explores the struggle of the common man and the criminals that run the streets. Clouzot is also a master of slowly pulling out the story as Inspector Antoine begins to discover the story detail by detail.

            Overall, Quai des Orfèvres is a French classic and a very entertaining story. It’s pace is smooth and fluid, you will never get bored. The story pulls you in and you wait every second to find out how the story will unravel. I know I wasn’t sure how it all was going to end but when it all was over I highly enjoyed it. 

Hello! I am William McAbee. I do my fair share of reviews from time to time and I tweet like there is no tomorrow! I work currently as a video editor and producer.

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