In his final French role before the Liberation, Jean Gabin stars as a dutiful tugboat captain on the wind-lashed Brittany coast. Barely eking out a living commanding the Cyclone and its crew, Gabin divides his time between his perilous work and an invalid wife. But when he rescues a beautiful and mysterious woman during a violent storm, he begins to question his fidelity. Jean Grémillon’s ethereal, poetic realist romance suffered numerous production setbacks, including the outbreak of war and the loss of its producer who fled the Nazis. When it was finally completed two years after filming first began, the film became a huge hit in occupied France. Co-written by Jacques Prévert and boasting sumptuous production design by Alexandre Trauner, a Carné regular like the screenwriter and a fixture in the later films of Billy Wilder, Remorques projects a striking vision of a world where nature suffuses human activity and lends a lingering lyricism to such ordinary events as a walk along the beach or in the country. “It remains an outstanding film and one of Grémillon’s best.”—Bertrand Tavernier
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$10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID | Tickets available Thursday, July 5 at 5 pm. | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
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