Quick-Thoughts: Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows (1938)

I will never fully recover from this.

Love is all we have to live for, and when we do not have it through mutual sides, we become that very reason for why anything outside of its peripherals cannot possibly be something worth living for. With the sort of early stage “multiple distressed and fragile lovers intersecting for inevitable cause + effect tragedies” crux of Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000) but rather registered in classical melodrama, and the working ground pieces for the taboo lineage concerns of Polanski’s Chinatown (1974) that pensively leaks the youth’s often confused readings of positive and negative masculinity based on their morally ambiguous real-life outcomes, disclosed this time through the eyes of 17-year-old Nelly as she falls for an exotic runaway soldier in the midst of her other affairs, it’s no wonder that Port of Shadows was initially banned back in 1939 due to accusations of it being too bleak for the new generation, cause just look at me right now! My young heart is a wreck! 

Verdict: B+

“Port of Shadows” is now available to stream on Kanopy.

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