avant-noir #5

Passage to Marseille (1944)

Starts in war-time England, flashes back to a ship en route to free France, and then within that flashback flashes back to the Devil’s Island prison colony, which flashback-within-a-flashback itself dissolves into a flashback to yet an earlier period on Devil’s Island. It was at this point, watching the movie on TV as a kid one weekend afternoon, that I started feeling giddy. Sadly it doesn’t keep going backward but laboriously returns layer by layer to the narrative present where something finally happens.

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