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  1. Bonjour! Tony,
    Unfortunately, I have never watched Jean Renoir’s La Nuit de Carrefour but after reading your review I most definitely, will seek it out to watch…I wonder if it’s available on DVD?

    By the way, I have already retwittered(Sp) your homage to Else…I will now retwitter this post and send it over to Tumblr too!

    Merci, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;)

    Tony said,”Is placement of the off-kilter ‘virginal’ portrait deliberate?”
    I have never watched this film, but after reading your review I would think so…

  2. “In this early Jean Renoir film with a magically delicious femme-noir and a brilliant car chase at night, were sewn the seeds of French poetic realism that flourished later in the 30s in the films of Marcel Carné and others.”

    You actually state the most vital issue right here at the start of this exceedingly excellent review, which with the newer post makes two great posts in a row. As I had stated on a previous thread, I was somewhat confused by the uneven narrative at some point, which would seem to indicate that Godard was onto something. But I am now seriously beginning to believe that I am the one who missed something here. I’ve rarely been this insecure about my opinion of any film, and the only real panacea here would be to give this an ultra-attentive repeat viewing. I can appreciate what you say here about Asselin and Lucien’s poetic photography (I couldn’t agree with you more) and there’s no doubt it’s dark and sexy.

    Hence what I might be seeing as cryptic, may be the purposeful sense of mystery you assert here. But heck, Jean Renoir is one of the supreme geniuses of the cinema, (and a fillmaker I adore) so where am I going here? Ha!

  3. Hi DeeDee. Thanks for for your support. Yes, the movie is out on DVD. My query of the portrait in the background was prompted only after I cropped the source image, and the placement of the portrait was more evident, and after reading a while back how a painting by a famous Mexican Marxist painter appeared in similar fashion in three Hollywood noirs, including the infamous The Woman on Pier 13 (1949).

    Thank you kindly Sam. I think a second viewing will bring a greater appreciation of the film.

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