Directed by Marcel Carné, this film is one of the most important examples of French poetic realism. The main character, played by Jean Gabin, is a deserter from the French army who escapes to Le Havre where he meets the young Nelly. The strange death of a local painter allows him to adopt his identity and start a new life. Chanel designed the principal actors’ costumes, notably the leading lady’s raincoat and beret, which became film and fashion icons.