West Coast Premiere of 2K DCP Restoration! GATES OF THE NIGHT (PORTES DE LA NUIT)
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West Coast Premiere of 2K DCP Restoration! GATES OF THE NIGHT (PORTES DE LA NUIT), 1946, Janus Films, 100 min. Director Marcel Carné and collaborator Jacques Prévèrt, the toast of French cinema in 1945 with the release of the epic CHILDREN OF PARADISE, found themselves in the doghouse with critics and audiences alike when they released their follow-up, GATES OF THE NIGHT. A troubled production history (original stars Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich bailed out), a contentious storyline (no one was happy with the pointed references to the black market that had sprung up after the Liberation) and the film’s unremitting darkness raised eyebrows and hackles when it was released in 1946. Seventy years later, however, the film can be seen as a singular, masterful work, filled with colorful and mysterious performances – including a young and highly appealing Yves Montand. With Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Jean Vilar and Nathalie Nattier. In French with English subtitles. Introduction by director Bertrand Tavernier. Plus a surprise second feature!