Quai des Orfèvres

I just watched the Blu-ray version of the French film Quai des Orfèvres (1947) and was very impressed. I knew nothing about it before I saw it but it’s an excellent crime film. The main characters are a cynical police detective and three potential murder suspects who are all liars. It is genuinely suspenseful and we don’t know who the murderer was until the end. It was shot in beautiful dark and shadowy black and white and is well-preserved on the disc.

It was directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot who is better remembered for Diabolique and The Wages of Fear. I haven’t seen them yet but I will watch them now.

Actress Suzy Delair had real charisma in this film both in the musical number and dramatic scenes.

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