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Moontide [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CC7PLW
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With France having surrendered to the Nazis, it was perhaps inevitable that Jean Gabin would finally try his luck in Hollywood, but his American debut Moontide wasn't exactly smooth sailing, with director Fritz Lang replaced by Archie Mayo, the props department were reportedly so freaked out by some of Salvador Dali's designs they refused to make them and 20th Century Fox's publicity campaign stressing that Gabin could `say more with a single glance than ten pages of dialogue' inadvertently giving the impression his English wasn't up to much. While his command of the language was more than adequate, something was definitely lost in translation, not helped by some strange choices made by actor and filmmakers alike. Calling his character Bobo was a bad start and his entrance, looking a bit like Spencer Tracy doing an impersonation of Harpo Marx while getting tangled up in his vicious dog's lead did him few favors (nor does the absurdly low chair he sits on in one scene), and it takes quite a while for some of the old pre-war magic to come to the surface after the broader than usual approach he takes to his early scenes - and then it is indeed in his quieter moments when he just has to look and react and does indeed deliver a veritable silent monologue or two.

The film itself is an ideal vehicle for him, tying in neatly with his tragic Quai des Brumes/La Bete Humaine persona as the nice guy with a dark side that threatens to lead him to his own destruction, although despite the moody foggy harbor atmosphere and nourish lighting this turns out to be a far more optimistic piece as his sailor who may or may not have killed in a drunken blackout finds a chance at redemption when he rescues Ida Lupino's suicidal waitress from both a watery grave and a trip downtown with the cops.
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Moontide (Archie Mayo/Fritz Lang (uncredited), 1942, 94')

Moontide is a 1942 drama film about a man who fears he has committed a murder when he was drunk. It stars Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains and Jerome Cowan. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Willard Robertson. Charles G Clarke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black & White. The film story is quite average, but the story/-ies I found around it are worth reading - Dennis Grunes, Hollywood, writes:

>>>Jean Gabin was in his early forties when he made his first American film (Julien Duvivier's 1944 The Imposter was the only other) during the Second World War, when he was stranded in Hollywood. This was Moontide, written by John O'Hara from a novel by Willard Robertson. (That same year, Gabin's Quai des brûmes co-star, Michèle Morgan, dazzlingly starred as Hollywood's Joan of Paris.)

Fritz Lang worked on the film for four days, and he may have quit--I really don't know--because of Gabin's (possibly not very deep) anti-Semitism. (When he and Marlene Dietrich, after the war, were lovers, Gabin would jealously erupt at the mere mention of Lang's name, referring in the most derogatory ways to the Jewish filmmaker who had once also been Dietrich's lover. My sense is that Dietrich taunted Gabin with the fact that he was venturing into terrain where Lang had come first. Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and other Gentiles in her past, including Claudette Colbert, apparently didn't faze him.
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Good 40's film noir . Well worth a look , Good Making of documentary in the extras. With contributions from various Film historians like Eddie Muller . Gabin never cared much for Hollywood, which is why he made 2 films (both commercial failures, as only the best ones are !!) Then went back to fight for the Free French in World War 2. Not Gabin's finest work, but not his worst . Great support from Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell and Claude Rains amongst others..
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Knock-out film with a very useful, informative documentary on its making which told me, after I had watched the DVD, why I had liked it so much, ie change of director, star Jean Gabin's input which contrives to make it very similar to the great French poetic realist films, several of which starred JG. Also cute to hear a trace of her English accent in the ever lovely Ida Lupino performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "There's Fear In The Night!" 12 Oct. 2012
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Moontide is a strange and great film from 1942 that the world forgot. The mood and atmosphere of Moontide are most interesting, and the viewer will find it to be a dark story with some excellent characters. It's hard to think of another film to compare it to. It's a film that the studio put a lot of resources into producing, even though so many factors were threatening Moontide's survival (Fritz Lang quitting, Pearl Harbor happening, Jean Gabin being mostly unknown in the U.S.)

It's certainly worth watching for any one who enjoys films of the 40's. However, Moontide is not really a "Film Noir". For one thing, it preceeded many of the most famous Film Noirs by a few years. Second, the story doesn't exactly live in the Film Noir realm (no private detective, no Femme Fatale, no insurance fraud). And lastly, Moontide isn't meant to be a Film Noir. It's being marketed as such because of the more recent popularity of anything "Film Noir". But, Moontide is an excellent film regardless.

PS - The cover image on this Amazon page shows the tagline "There's Fear In The Night!". However, the copy we received shows the tagline "Romance, Blackmail and Betrayal On The Waterfront!". The rest of the cover art is the same. But we expected "Fear In The Night!". We also thought that there was an airplane below it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Moontide Fox DVD 14 Sept. 2014
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This is a strange, different kind of noir and that's why I like it. ---The lead is played by a well known actor in France Jean Gabin.---Gabin was extremely frustrated with the busy body American censors of the day and left for france immediately after making this picture. A lot of people don't understand that noir flicks are not nearly as good as they could have been because censors forced the studios to sanitize their films to suit their anal often hypocritical morals and opinions of how things should be. In spite of all that this flick is still quite good and has some very interesting elements such as A Salvador Dali dream sequence and other oddities. It takes place on the waterfront with a seaman as the lead so if your looking for a city feel with lots of city street scenes etc. or a heist flick this isn't it. --- If your up for something different give it a whirl--what the heck its not a lot of $.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this movie 10 Jan. 2015
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This is a real winner. An interesting story line with exceptional acting. A young very talented Ida Lupino & a very interesting unknow actor Jean Gabin. You do not know the ending result until the end of the movies. Jean Gabin & Lupino really blend well together. I highly recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film noir movie 12 Sept. 2016
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Love this film noir movie. So well worth buying. Love Amazon for having a huge variety of "old" dvd's and movies available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moontide 1 May 2017
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A dreadfully boring film. A complete waste of everything: cast, time, director and anyone who watches it. A disgrace to Ida Lupino!
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