Quai des Orfèvres
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A film noir? A backstage musical? A whodunit? A comedy? In truth, it's all of the above -- plus a kinky love story, an absorbing melodrama, and a mordantly jaded snapshot of postwar Paris -- and all of them are wonderful.
In every respect it is outstanding.
A gorgeous flirt of a murder movie.
Like all great film noir, however, the real delight of this film is in its mood and atmosphere.
Los Angeles Times
Brooding, beautifully made and almost impossible for Americans to see -- Quai des Orfèvres, makes a triumphant reappearance on theatrical screens after an absence of about 50 years.
It is in fact a traditional mystery more reminiscent of Agatha Christie than the reigning film noir aesthetic of 1947. But it's fabulously entertaining.
The visual style has an expressionistic undertow, rich in shadowy chiaroscuro compositions.
Christian Science Monitor
This pungently filmed 1947 melodrama doesn't rank with Clouzot classics like "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear," but it's full of hard-boiled charm and has a musical score that adds extra dimensions to its impact.
San Francisco Chronicle
An excellent film noir.
TV Guide Magazine
While the story is thin, Clouzot uses his immense skills to raise the picture above the standard for the genre.
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