Pépé le Moko

1937

Crime / Drama / Romance

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IMDb Rating 7.7 10 5,842

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Reviewed by BobHudson74 9 / 10 / 10

Before there was Bogart...

In the greatest gangster film of all time, Duvivier brings to the silver screen a gripping tale of love, passion, friendship and loyalty, as Pépé le Moko (Jean Gabin) reclusively hides in the seedy, underground of the Casbah quarters of Algiers. Elusive and dangerous, Pépé is considered one of France's most wanted at-large criminals. However, upon meeting a beautiful "parisienne", Gaby Gould (Mireille Balin), Pépé discovers that his heart is in Paris. Willing to risk his life and freedom to pursue his new love, Pépé takes to the streets of Algiers to find Gaby. An enlightening look at French Algeria in the early 20th-century, Pépé le Moko is a cultural and historical masterpiece as much as it is a classic film. Examining the diversity of the inhabitants of the Casbah and exploring its architectural layout, this film provides for an extremely interesting postcolonial, anthropological, even Freudian (architectural) reading. The friendship that develops between Inspector Slimane (Lucas Gridoux), a native Algerian investigator sent to capture the fugitive, and Pépé adds an element of perplexity, as the inspector is caught in a crux of friendship and loyalty and his duty to the state. What ensues is a heartwrenching scene between the disconsolate gangster pursuing his beloved Gaby while being pursued by his inspector friend and the French Algerian police. One of the greatest endings in the history of film, Duvivier exposes the sovereignty of the heart, even the heart of a brazen criminal. Duvivier's best effort and the greatest gangster film ever, this film ranks in my top ten of all-time. To truly understand Humphrey Bogart, Edward Robinson, Robert Mitchum and Al Pacino, one must first discover Jean Gabin, the archetype gangster for the crime genre. Duvivier's masterpiece is a film that all lovers of cinema simply must see.

Reviewed by Galina_movie_fan 10 / 10 / 10

"Everyone in the world has two fatherlands: his own and Paris".

"Pepe Le Moko" (1937) directed by Julien Duvivier - is a wonderful movie with the great performance from very young Jean Gabin. It just happened that I've seen several movies with him in the older age where he is serious, not very talkative man with the head full of grey hair and I like him in the later movies, too but it was so much fun to see him as Pepe - young, charming, dangerous, smart, brutal, irresistible, and so much in love with Paris that he'd lost forever. As much as I enjoyed the film as an early noir and crime, I think it is about the longing for home, about the nostalgia and as such it is even more interesting, deeper, poignant that just a noir. The celebrated film director Max Ophüls, who knew a lot about nostalgia and immigration said about Paris, "It offered the shining wet boulevards under the street lights, breakfast in Monmartre with cognac in your glass, coffee and lukewarm brioche, gigolos and prostitutes at night. Everyone in the world has two fatherlands: his own and Paris." I could not help thinking of his words when I watched the film. There is one scene that almost reduced me to tears - a middle-aged former chanteuse plays one of her records on a gramophone and sings along with her voice that has not changed at all even if she looks nothing like the picture on the wall from the days of her youth. The time may play very nasty jokes with a woman - she may get fat or skinny, lose her teeth and hair but her voice will stay as strong or tender, ringing or melodious as it was in the long gone days that stay forever in her memory. She sings about Paris and there are tears on her eyes and the scene simply can't leave any viewer indifferent. There is another scene - between Pepe and Gaby the girl from Paris with whom Pepe falls in love (Mireille Balin). They talk about Paris remembering different places which are dear to both of them, and in the end, they both named La Place Blanche where they both belong and not in Algiers's Casbah where Pepe is safe and he rules the world of criminals but can't forget the sound of Metro in Paris. When Pepe wants to tell Gaby that he loves her, he tells her that she reminds him of Metro in Paris... I have not even mentioned how masterfully the film was shot by Julien Duvivier and how well it was acted, how fast it movies, and there are so many wonderful scenes that I have not mentioned...Great, great movie.

Reviewed by jotix100 10 / 10 / 10

The Casbah

Julien Duvivier was one of the best French film directors of all times. He was a pioneer and an innovator of the cinema. His legacy is a rich one, producing films that were imitated, but never equaled by other men. Take "Pepe le Moko" is 1937 film that was remade by Hollywood twice, with mediocre results. One wonders how can, an original and pace setting work of art, be redone by people that had not the sense of style, nor the brilliancy of Julien Duvivier? Duvivier took the production to Algiers with magnificent results. Working with the brilliant cinematographers, Marc Fossark and Jules Kruger, Duvivier captures the essence, vibrancy and mysteriousness of Algiers with emphasis in the Casbah quarter, which comes alive with the magical light his camera men got out of that closed quarter and that beautiful city by the sea. The idea of having Pepe living in that maze of streets and houses that communicate through the roofs gives the film a claustrophobic feeling because our main character cannot leave this area without risking being arrested as soon as the police catch up with him. Pepe is a man that endears himself to the people in the Casbah. Together with his gang, he appears to thrive in this milieu. Pepe is loved by the faithful Ines. She is a loyal woman who will do anything to protect Pepe and the rest of his cronies. Pepe, on the other hand, might be in the Casbah, but his heart is in Paris. That is evident when Gaby, the gorgeous kept woman, is separated from her party while at the Casbah, only to be rescued by Pepe, who soon discovers he has a lot in common with her. In fact, in a lovely sequence both Pepe and Gaby start naming favorite places in Paris. Place Blance, they discover is their kind of place. How true! Pepe is a hunted man. This man, who has been able to elude being caught, makes a fatal mistake upon learning Gaby and her friends will be sailing for France. He manages to buy a ticket, but the police are on his trail and it's only a matter of time they'll get him. The final sequence of Pepe watching the ship pull away from the port is one of the saddest moments in the movie because this gangster's past interferes with the sudden passion he feels for a woman that will never be his. Jean Gabin, what a charismatic actor he was! His Pepe is at times a fun man, a criminal, a lover, an escapee from the justice, and a fantastic actor that registers each phase of the character with conviction. M. Gabin was perhaps one of the best film actors of the French cinema; with Pepe, he clearly shows why he was an actor that could do nothing wrong. Pepe was one of his biggest creations for the screen. The beautiful Mireille Balin is seen as Gaby, the woman who conquers Pepe's heart. They have a lot in common. Her unusual situation gets in her way and her love for Pepe will not be possible. Line Noro plays Ines, the woman who adores Pepe, but she realizes she can't have him. Also in the cast Fernand Charpin, Gabro, Lucas Giroux, Gilbert Gil give good performances for M. Duvivier. The film is a classic of the period. Julien Duvivier was at the top of his craft, as he clearly proves with this movie.

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