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Le Jour Se Leve - Preview

Le Jour Se Leve

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the 75th anniversary of its first release, Le Jour Se Leve will be re-released in a never-before-seen restored version by STUDIOCANAL and ICO on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 27, 2014.

Set in a five-story guesthouse in the middle of a Parisian working class neighbourhood, Le Jour Se Leve opens on the top floor of the building with shouts and a gunshot. A door opens and the body of a man tumbles down the stairs.

As the police start to besiege the building and a crowd gathers, the killer, François (Jean Gabin; La Grande Illusion, Le Quai des Brumes), flees the crime scene and locks himself in his room.

After unsuccessfully failing to shoot their way into his room the police climb on top of the roof, and François, starts to recall previous events… His love for Françoise (Jacqueline Laurent; Le vie del peccato, Dawn Over France), the beautiful florist, and her love for Valentin (Jules Berry; The Crime of M Lange, Parade en 7 nuits), the attractive dog trainer. Also starring the renowned Arletty (Hotel du Nord, Thunder Over Paris) as Clara, Valentin’s assistant and suggested lover.

Le Jour Se Leve is celebrated for its use of poetic realism, a popular and influential cinematic style that emerged during the 1930s. By cleverly interweaving bleak, proto-noir art direction and lighting, the film brings to life the social conditions of its working class characters.

Le Jour Se Leve is also widely regarded as a game changer in the world of French cinema due to its use of flashbacks – the first French film with sound to use flashbacks as a narrative device.

Now regarded as one of the best French films ever made, on its original release the Vichy Regime demanded that scenes be cut from Le Jour Se Leve and then they later banned the film altogether.

Following the restoration process in collaboration with STUDIOCANAL and ÉCLAIR it was also revealed that the Vichy censors had also forced Carné to modify the opening credits by removing the names of two Jewish cast members, Curt Courant and Alexandre Trauner, due to political tensions at the time.

Le Jour Se Leve has now been restored to its full gorgeous cinematic glory – including the scenes previously removed and full credits.

Win Le Jour Se Leve on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Le Jour Se Leve on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, October 27, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Clara in Le Jour Se Leve?

Simply send the answer to Le Jour Se Leve competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email