( aka "Jenny Lamour" )

directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
France 1947

Blacklisted for his daring “anti-French” masterpiece, Le Corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the 1947 crime fiction adaptation, Quai des Orfèvres. Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris, ambitious performer Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), her covetous piano-playing husband Maurice Martineau (Bertrand Blier), and their devoted confidante Dora Monier (Simone Renant) attempt to cover one another’s tracks when a sexually orgreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet), whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunit murder mystery.


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Theatrical Release: March 5th, 1948 USA

DVD Review: Criterion  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection  Spine # 193
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:00 
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the film, made from restored film elements
  • Interviews with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and actors Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair, and Simone Renant, from the 1971 French television program Au Cinéma Ce Soir (17:01)
  • Original theatrical trailer (3:28)
  • Poster gallery from the film’s international release (8 posters)
  • Essay by author Luc Sante
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2003
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Chapters: 24

The contrast on this disc is perfect. There are some moments with scratches and lines and the picture quality is sometimes not the sharpest, but the wonderful deep blacks make up for it. Some good and insightful Extras. The sound quality was a little clouded at times, but still a fine disc and acquisition.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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