Quai des Orfèvres

1947 [FRENCH]

Crime / Drama

IMDb Rating 7.7 10 5755

Keywords:   police, noir, investigation, singer, business man, french noir, jealous husband

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

wonderful and earthy

This is an exceptional picture with so much to recommend it. The acting and writing are terrific and there are lots of great twists and turns in the plot. As a French "Noir" film, its language is certainly a lot earthier than its American counterparts, but to me this just added to the realism. Additionally, I liked how non-glamorous everyone was--particularly the husband and the lieutenant. About the only negative, and the reason the film gets a 9 and not a 10, is because there was a glaring plot hole. Like another famous French film, Drôle de Drame, the confusion between the cops and the accused could easily have been settled in the beginning, but the characters made rather stupid decisions. For this, you just need to suspend disbelief and keep watching--the payoff is well worth the wait.

This is simply one of the finest French films I have seen. Period.

Reviewed by boblipton 10 / 10

Resurrection Of A Career

Suzy Delair is a singer who will do almost anything to get ahead, but she truly loves sad sack husband Bernard Blier. She goes to sign a contract for the movies with dirty old man Charles Dullin. When he tries to rape her, she hits him with a bottle, then goes to spend the night with her grandmother. When Blier arrives to kill him, he's dead. Police detective Louis Jouvet is assigned to the case. As he plods his weary way along -- a bullet almost killed him when he was in the Foreign Legion; his loud mouth cut his career there short -- his gaze turns onto the couple.

LE CORBEAU got director Henri-Georges Clouzot banned by the Nazis as anti-Fascist; when the Republic returned, he was banned from directing for life because he had made the film for the German-backed Continental Films. He turned around and made this film about the low-lifes in charge of things in France, and suddenly he was back in the industry's good graces. It's a remarkable movie, seamy and compelling, from Mlle Delair singing a naughty song in bustiere and stockings, to the cops railroading Blier, to Simone Renant as a photographer who isn't interested in men. It's mostly interesting as a Columbo-style howcatchem, only Jouvet lacks Peter Falk's omniscience. Clouzot's world is not only corrupt, it's ineffective. Apparently the authorities had no trouble with that.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10

An Efficient Detective in a Comedy of Errors

In the postwar Paris, the accompanist pianist Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier) is a jealous man from the upper class married with the ambitious singer Marguerite Chauffournier Martineau, most known by her artistic name Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), a woman with past from the lower classes. When the lecher but powerful Georges Brignon (Charles Dullin) harasses and invites Jenny for dinner promising a role in a film, Maurice goes to the restaurant and threatens Brignon. A couple of days later, Jenny tells Maurice that she is going to visit her grandmother in another town. However, her husband finds a piece of paper hidden in the kitchen with Brignon's address. Maurice goes to the theater to have an alibi and heads to Brignon's manor during the show with the intention of killing the old man. However, he finds Brignon's house open and the man dead on the floor. When he leaves the crime scene, his car is stolen and Maurice has to walk back to the theater. Meanwhile, Jenny arrives in the house of the lesbian photographer Dora Monier (Simone Renant), who is an old friend of Maurice and has a crush on Jenny, and tells Dora that she has just killed Brignon. But Jenny notes that she had forgotten her fur on the couch in the living room of Brignon's house and Dora takes a cab to retrieve the stole. Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet) is assigned to investigate the case and sooner he visits Jenny, Maurice and Dora to check their alibis for that night in the beginning of his investigation.

"Quai des Orfèvres" is an amusing story of an efficient detective investigating a murder in a comedy of errors of the three lead suspects. Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the best French directors ever and "Quais des Orfèvres" is another gem in his filmography. The witty screenplay has many twists and is supported by the magnificent cinematography in black-and-white and awesome performances. Bernard Blier, the father of Bertrand Blier, is perfect in the role of a jealous cuckold without confidence in his wife and self-respect. Suzy Delair performs an ambitious woman that has a past with lovers and wants to climb positions in the show-business, but loves her husband. Simone Renant is great in the role of a lesbian photographer. But who steals the film is Louis Jouvet, in the role of a detective that seems to be naive, but is capable to find the truth that each character intends to hide. My understanding is that Antoine might be gay since he does not like women. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Crime em Paris" ("Crime in Paris")

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