France, 1939, 93 min, Dir. Marcel Carné, Unrated but unsuitable for children due to sexual content and thematic elements, French with English subtitles
”An exploration of the question of who we love and why and how we love them that is surprisingly fresh and involving.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
One of the great works of poetic realist cinema, Le jour se lève was Marcel Carné's fourth collaboration with screenwriter and poet Jacques Prévert. In this compelling story of obsessive sexuality and murder, the working class François (Jean Gabin) resorts to killing in order to free the woman he loves (Arletty) from the controlling influence of another man (Jules Berry). Brutally censored by the Vichy puppet government that soon came to power, with cuts including Arletty's nude emergence from the shower and reference to the police as "fascists," then the removal from the credits of both cinematographer Curt Courant and legendary production designer Alexandre Trauner (both were Jewish) - and then an outright ban as "too demoralizing." This new 4K restoration puts back the cut scenes and original credits for the first time in 75 years.