Porte des Lilas

An alcoholic stumblebum (Brasseur) befriends a dashing but amoral young hoodlum (Vidal) with predictably sombre results. The absolute last gasp of French poetic realism, engulfed only two years later by the tidal New Wave, whose airy location shooting made Clair's suffocating studio-bound 'realism' hard to differentiate from the so-called 'poetry'. Of interest, though, as the sole venture into film of the bardic guitarist Brassens.

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Cast and crew

René Clair
René Clair, Jean Aurel
Pierre Brasseur
Georges Brassens
Henri Vidal
Dany Carrel
Raymond Bussières
Annette Poivre