Simone Renant in Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
Simone Renant in Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

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Quai des Orfèvres

Henri-Georges Clouzot | France | 1947 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 30 Aug 2023

A worldly detective (the wonderfully gruff and quizzical Louis Jouvet) investigates the murder of a sleazy film financier. Filled with the seedy and teeming atmosphere of the postwar Parisian music hall, Clouzot’s return to filmmaking after four years is a characteristically earthy, forensically detailed and noir-inflected mixture of social realism, dark humour and cynical psychological study. Widely regarded as one of the key postwar crime films, it won best director for Clouzot at the Venice Film Festival. Co-starring the director’s then-lover, Suzy Delair.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Studio Canal
Runtime: 106 mins

Event duration

106 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Although film noir is primarily associated with American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, France played a key role in its development, both in its appreciation (the term was coined by French critic Nino Frank in 1946) and continuation of the genre. It is perhaps fitting that Rififi (1955), considered by many to be the ultimate French noir, was directed by Jules Dassin, an American exiled in Paris. This season provides an important link between pre-war French examples of the genre such as Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le Moko (1937) and its apotheosis in Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1960s gangster films...

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Gangsters, Guns And Gauloises- French Crime Cinema, 1945–60

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