Anguished young lovers, fallen women, wanted criminals, and all manner of social castoffs: these are the disreputable denizens of the Hôtel du Nord, an atmospherically seedy boardinghouse on the bustling banks of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, whose lives collide in Marcel Carné’s bittersweet rhapsody of romance, betrayal, revelry, and violence. Featuring evocative production design by the famed Alexandre Trauner and a colorful ensemble cast of some of classical French cinema’s most illustrious stars—including Annabella, Louis Jouvet, and a divinely dissolute Arletty in one of her most iconic roles—poetic-realist jewel Hôtel du Nord is a sublime exemplar of Carné’s celebrated poetic realism, imbuing working-class lives and dramas with a touching nobility.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New conversation between filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) and journalist Philippe Morisson
Television program from 1972 on the making of the film
Documentary from 1994 on the life and career of director Marcel Carné
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by film and theater scholar Edward Baron Turk