Pépé le Moko [1937]

21Feb12 – 8 – Pépé le Moko (Julien Duvivier: 1937)

As much as I enjoyed PÉPÉ LE MOKO (1937), it was hard not to think of it as derivative of other, more familiar films even though they (starting with ALGIERS, then on to CASABLANCA and beyond) so clearly follow in its footsteps and are unthinkable without it. I don’t know what to say about the movie that hasn’t been said, but it is deservedly a classic. 9/10. [2/21/12]

My favorite moment in the film: Fréhel singing along with a record of her younger self. PÉPÉ LE MOKO had Jean Gabin, the real thing [as opposed to Charles Boyer in ALGIERS]. And it was shot (much of it, anyway) in the real Casbah in the real Algiers.

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