Pepe Le Moko

BBB

(out of 5)


Think of it as the inspiration for Casablanca. is the coolest guy on the planet as the title character, a shady underworld leader who hides out in the Moroccan Casbah, avoiding the authorities and determined to never be caught. Protected by a network of fellow gangsters and local friends, his paranoia is seriously threatened when he falls in love with a society dame who normally would only lose her diamonds to him, not her whole heart. Julien Duvivier’s directorial style, which includes seamless editing and starry-eyed photography, is excellent, but the story leaves a lot to be desired: most of the film feels like it’s sitting around waiting for a plot until it gets some motivation in its last third. Still, it is considered a classic by many critics, and if you get a chance to see the beautiful restored print that has been going around lately thanks to the Rialto company’s work, you’ll clearly see why.


France, 1937

Directed by

Scenario by , Julien Duvivier, adaptation by , dialogue by , based on the novel by Henri La Barthe

Cinematography by ,

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Film


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