Genre Guesstimation – Daybreak (1939)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..

“You’re the type women fall in love with . . . I’m the type that interests them.” – M. Valentin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After committing a murder, a man in a room surrounded by police tries to understand how he got himself into this predicament.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

This is a film that has a very interesting premise that is effective drawn out and explored via the use of flashbacks.

The story gradually gives us information of the chain of events that have led to things being where they now are.

This helps make things even more intriguing to watch unfold.

The film is able to deal with themes like unrequited love and regret and we ca easily feel the pain and suffering of the characters as things move along.

The way that things are shown is done in a great way to show how a normal life can easily spin out of control when one least expects it to.

Unfortunately, something constantly feels missing in this story that would have made it even more powerful in all that it tries to do.

Bottom Line – Interesting way to present a story. The use of flashback is quite effective in making the story work even better along the way.  They do a nice job of gradually explaining things which helps make things even more intriguing as the plot moves along. The themes of unrequited love and regret fill this story and they are able to help us feel the pain that the main character has suffered.  They effectively show how a normal life can spiral out of control without much notice. Something is missing along the way that would help make things even more powerful to watch unfold. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jean Gabin’s monologue to the crowd towards the end of the movie is famous. He delivered it so intensely that immediately afterwards he cried his eyes out in his dressing room. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Sorta. The film is effective due to its use of flashback, but isn’t as powerful as one might hope.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Daybreak (1939)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur July Finale – Grisbi (1954) – Rantings and Ravings | MovieRob

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