1939, 100 min, 35mm, b&w
With Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, and Arletty.
This rarely-screened film by Marcel Carné (CHILDREN OF PARADISE), made in-between his poetic-realist classics, PORT OF SHADOWS (1938) and LE JOUR SE LÈVE (1939), takes place at the eponymous Parisian hotel which, thanks to legendary production designer Alexandre Trauner, becomes a major character in its own right. A romantic melodrama featuring Annabella and Jean-Pierre Aumont as star-crossed lovers who have formed a suicide pact, and Louis Jouvet and Arletty as the underworld figures with whom the lovers become entangled, it’s an undervalued gem.
“[A] masterpiece of production design and performance, as exemplified by the fidelity of Trauner’s sets and Arletty’s role as the ‘tart with the heart’. Like PORT OF SHADOWS, HÔTEL DU NORD resonates with themes of imprisonment, disillusionment, and the impossibility of escape.” –Ben McCann, SENSES OF CINEMA
PLEASE NOTE: THE JANUARY 23RD SCREENING (WHICH WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE SNOWSTORM) HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 AT 2:00PM.