68 Great Directors: Marcel Carne

“I think you never forget your childhood, whether it was happy or unhappy.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Children of Paradise.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Port of Shadows.

What Did I Watch: The Devil’s Envoys.

Where Does He Fit: What if Cocteau’s films had been transposed to the world of Jacques Feyder’s Carnival in Flanders? The Devil’s Envoys asks this question and gives us beautiful results, with a castle set for the ages that is so beautifully carved out by Carne’s camera as to feel like a big, complete set, something they built and lived on organically when they were not shooting, of course. Everything moves so slowly during the opening act, but that is fitting, and gives us time to luxuriate in the atmosphere and the very quiet and low key nature of the central romance that he denied until his dying day was a political allegory for the situation regarding the Occupation. He was full of shit.


Most Valuable Asset: Shadows and fog.
Most Excited For: Children of Paradise.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely, still need to see the big one though.

Coming Up Next: Writer-director Preston Sturges.


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