Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)
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Quai des Orfevres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)
Following a three-year suspension from filmmaking after his Le Corbeau (1943) was judged too critical of his native France, director Henri-Georges Clouzot returned with this thriller that's equal parts crime drama and character study. Suzy Delair stars as Jenny Lamour, an ambitious music hall singer who wants to be a star and is willing to befriend the lecherous old men who ogle her act, inspiring the jealousy of Jenny's husband Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier). One particular fan of Jenny's is a wealthy financial backer who extends repeated invitations to the entertainer to join… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Clouzot is able to reveal a complex and interactive working-class world in which cops and criminals are sometimes difficult to tell apart."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a film well worth reviving, admiring and applauding."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Very typical of Clouzot's films, he utilizes sound and score to enhance tension and his penchant for mystery uses the whodunit to good effect, always shifting his subjects from innocence to guilt and back."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A beautifully-made and beautifully-written film about people stuck in a place that won't let them lead anything but a crummy, second-rate life. Classical French cinema at its very best."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the great film noirs. It reaches the heart."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Direction by Henri-Georges Clouzot takes full advantage of every possible opportunity to bring out character and manages to keep the tempo at a fast clip all the time."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Terrifically entertaining."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The ignoble suspicions of Le Corbeau still churn under the razzmatazz surface"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"While the story is thin, Clouzot uses his immense skills to raise the picture above the standard for the genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"one of Henri-Georges Clouzot's greatest films, an influential thriller that is also a great character study."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Jouvet's Maigret-esque cop gets all the best lines, and gives the film its human, tragic focus."
‑ , Time Out
"An elegant show-biz noir that weaves an intricate web of deception and intrigue."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A superior noirish thriller which gets right under the skin of the seedy world it inhabits."
‑ , Film4
"A riveting noir-ish mystery that is unforgettable in just about every way."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Quai Des Orfèvres is distinguished (although a patent genre film), and my recommendation is inhibited only by knowledge of Clouzot's later efforts."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You