Filmed in 1939 in occupied France, Marcel Carné’s Le Jour se Leve (Daybreak) stars Jean Gabin as an earnest worker who jealously killed a cynical rival for the affections of an innocent flower-seller. Barricaded in his small, dark room with a gun, he recalls the critical events in flashback as the police and spectators wait outside. This is a rare chance to see what is considered one of Carné’s best films, but it could have been rarer: When RKO bought the rights for a 1947 U.S. remake (The Long Night, with Henry Fonda), it tried to destroy all the prints of the original. At 7 p.m. at La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $5. (202) 944-6090. (Mark Jenkins)