Film Screening: “Port of Shadows,” by Marcel Carne

We’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with a film screening of Port of Shadows, a dark romance by French director Marcel Carné, on Saturday, February 10, at 2 pm in the Program Room, Radcliffe Children’s Library. In French with English subtitles, the film runs 1 hour and 31 minutes and is not rated. An introduction will be provided by Film Professor Joe Sgammato, MA, MFA. Free admission. Refreshments.

Port of Shadows (Le Quai Des Brumes) is director Marcel Carné’s (Children of Paradise) controversial adaptation of the Pierre Mac Orlan novel of the same name. Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean (Jean Gabin, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi), an army deserter looking for another chance at life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, when acts of both revenge and kindness turn him into front-page news. Port of Shadows starkly portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies, a quintessential example of poetic realism, one of the classics of the golden age of French cinema. Co-starring the blue-eyed phenomenon Michèle Morgan (The Chase) in her first major role and the menacing Michel Simon (The Train), with stunning cinematography by Eugen Schüfftan (The Hustler).

Please register for this free film screening.

For more information, contact Judy Sgammato at 203-637-1066 x15 or at

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