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A Feature film by Marcel Carné

Produced by Productions Sigma

Release in France : 09/06/1939

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Productions Sigma

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Les Films Vog

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StudioCanal Films Limited

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Francois, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun. He locked himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to murder. He met once Francoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love. But Francoise was gotten round by Valentin, a dog trainer, a machiavellian guy...

Source : Wikipedia.


Le Jour se lève was released in France in June 1939 and shown in the US the following year. In France, however, the film was banned in 1940 by the Vichy government on the grounds it was demoralizing and had contributed to the nation's defeat.[1] After the war's end, the film was shown again to wide acclaim.

In 1947, it was again suppressed when RKO Radio Pictures wanted to remake the film in Hollywood (as The Long Night). The company acquired the distribution rights of the French film and sought to buy up and destroy every copy of the film that they could obtain. For a time it was feared that that they had been successful and that the film was lost, but it re-appeared in the 1950s and has subsequently stood alongside Les Enfants du paradis as one of the finest achievements of the partnership of Carné and Prévert.

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Full credits (12)

Assistant Director :

Pierre Blondy

Dialogue Writer :

Jacques Prévert

Screenwriter :

Jacques Viot

Sound Recordist :

Antoine Petitjean

Music Composer :

Maurice Jaubert

Costume designer :

Boris Bilinsky

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Jacques Prévert

Producer :

Jean-Pierre Frogerais

Directors of Photography :

Philippe Agostini, Curt Courant, André Bac, Albert Viguier

Editor :

René Le Hénaff

Production Designer :

Alexandre Trauner

Still Photographer :

Raymond Voinquel

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 33 min

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Posters (3)


Festival Selections (2)

Venice International Film Festival  - 1939

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1939)


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