Pépé le Moko (1937)
Pépé le Moko (1937)
Pépé le Moko Photos
as Pepe le Moko
as Gaby Gould
as Insp. Slimane
as Inspector Slimane, Insp. Slimane
as L'Abri, L'Arbi
as Inspector Janvier
as Mother Tarte
as Insp. Meunier, Inspector Meunier
as Maxime Kleep
as Insp. Janvier
as Commissioner Louvain
as An Inspector
Critic Reviews for Pépé le Moko
Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.
Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.
The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.
Pepe le Moko, made in 1937, begins with that tinny, swooning French soundtrack music that conjures up European movies before the war, but it isn't until a few minutes later that you realize you're in for something special.
A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
Audience Reviews for Pépé le Moko
Famous French jewel thief Pepe is hiding out in the Casbah in North Africa where he has become the boss of everything ... except his own life, because if he tries to leave the multi-diversity enclave of crooked streets and rooftops the police'll see he does 20 years at the very least. After 2 years the poor guy is going crazy thinking that it'd be better to be nobody back home in the City of Lights than to be king in the African stronghold. With the usual suspects as henchmen, and beauties as alluring bait, this old black and whiter is chock full of nuance, subtlety, and romance. Very entertaining.
Okay foreign movie, but I should really watch it again before I write more about it.
atmospheric and cynical proto-noir with an iconic performance by jean gabin as the tragic antihero trapped by his illusions. just a few years later, hollywood would remake this almost shot for shot as algiers with charles boyer, changing only the ending. fools. btw this was released in 1936, not 1941 as flixster would have us believe
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