A key film in the French poetic realism movement of the 1930s, Daybreak reteams star Jean Gabin with director Marcel Carné after the earlier Port of Shadows (1938). A hard-boiled depiction of an ill-fated romance leading to madness and murder, Day Break anticipates Hollywood’s nihilistic film noir turn, and was banned in France, having been deemed too nihilistic. It was later remade in Hollywood as The Long Night (1947), starring Henry Fonda.

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