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La Bandera (1939)

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Less ambitious than his previous Golgotha, Julien Duvivier's La Bandera is nonetheless more entertaining. A Foreign Legion yarn, La Bandera downplays spectacular battle scenes in favor of a romantic triangle. Accused of murder, Pierre (Jean Gabin) joins the Legion, with detective Lucas (Robert Le Vigan) hot on his trail. Both Pierre and Lucas fall in love with beautiful Bedouin girl Aischa (Annabella), which only intensifies their hatred of one another. The two antagonists are eventually forced to bury the hatchet when fighting shoulder to shoulder against uprising natives. The ending is rather startling, inasmuch as the audience was expected the actor with the best screen billing to get the girl. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Orbis Film

Cast

Annabella
as Aischa la Sloaui
Jean Gabin
as Pierre Cilieth
Robert Le Vigan
as Fernando Lucas
Raymond Aimos
as Marcel Mulot
Pierre Renoir
as Le Capitaine Weller
Margo Lion
as Planche a Pain
Charles Granval
as Le Segovien
Gaston Modot
as Le Legionnaire Muller
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½

Duvivier's foreign legion tale is a bit over-the-top but still contains many of the director's trademark flourishes.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
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it's no pépé le moko but it's a whole lot of fun. the film opens as gabin flees the scene of a murder which is never fully explained. soon he's in barcelona, cavorting with topless dancers and drag queens, pretty risque even for a french film of the period. however he soon tires of looking over his shoulder and joins the spanish foreign legion, a fighting force where names are assumed and no questions asked. his troop heads for morocco, where he falls in love with a bedouin dancer, played by annabella with henna tattoos, but all the while someone is on his trail...

Stella Dallas
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