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French Poetic Realism


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French Poetic Realism films of the 30's, like "Le Quai des brumes", "Le Jour se leve", "Pepe le Moko", "La Bete humauine", have obvious similarities with classic Film Noir (the sense of inevitability, the inability of the main characters to control their destiny and achieve their simple goal of living a happy life, an overall atmosphere of doom, gloom and darkness), and together with German Expressionism, French Poetic Realism is seen as one of the main influences of Film Noir. Anyone knows the details of the link between Poetic Realism and Film Noir? Were French films popular in the US before WWII, or as happened with German Expressionism, French filmmakers moved to the US and started working on Films Noir?

 

BTW, any Film Noir fans out there are also fans of Poetic Realism?

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