Classic Movie Hub (CMH)

Quai Des Orfevres

From April 13, 2018 (Friday)
To April 19, 2018 (Thursday)
Film Forum
209 West Houston St.
New York City, New York 10014 (US)
Phone: 212-727-8110

Event Details


FRIDAY APRIL 13TH:  2:00  5:20  7:30  9:40

SATURDAY APRIL 14TH:  12:30  2:40  4:50  7:00  9:20

SUNDAY APRIL 15TH:  3:20  5:30  7:40  9:50

MONDAY APRIL 16TH:  3:00  5:20  10:00

TUESDAY APRIL 17TH:  2:00  5:20  7:30  9:40

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH:  2:00  5:20  7:30  9:40

THURSDAY APRIL 19TH:  3:00  5:20  10:00

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

New 4K restoration

(1947) Saucy go-getter Suzy Delair's Jenny Lamour ("a voluptuous slut" - Pauline Kael) warms up an entertainment-starved Paris music hall audience with a swing of her ineffably euphemistic "tra-la-la," part of the arsenal of charms she uses in her breakthrough to the big time. It also means suggestive publicity photos taken by sympathetic lesbian photographer Simone Renant, and a nocturnal meeting with a sleazy movie nancier. But then congenitally jealous accompanist husband Bernard Blier issues an all-too-public death threat against the dirty old fogey. So when the nancier winds up tres mort, Blier becomes the prime suspect at Quai des Orfevres, France's Scotland Yard equivalent. Enter Inspector Louis Jouvet ("the greatest theater man of his generation and one of the half-dozen great screen actors" - David Shipman), who begins to take apart Blier's meticulous alibi... Brilliantly transforming a classic whodunnit plot, Clouzot, "the French Hitchcock," takes us from the wings and dressing rooms of the Parisian music hall to the drab, airless corridors and holding cells of the Quai's Criminal Investigations Department, in a blend of social realism and psychological cruelty that became his trademark. One of the unrecognized masterpieces of the post-war French cinema, a Noir tour de force that won Clouzot the coveted Best Director prize at Venice. 4K DCP restoration.

Presented with support from The George Fasel Memorial Fund for Classic French Cinema.


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