"Pepe le Moko"
Directed by Julien Duvivier
notorious Pepe le Moko (Jean Gabin,
in a truly iconic
performance) is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy
him., and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in
the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers, Pepe is safe from the clutches of
police- until a Parisian playgirl compels
to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all. One of the most
influential films of the 20th century and a landmark of French poetic
realism. The spine-tingling ending is classic.
"...one of the most exciting and
moving films I can remember seeing," said writer Graham Greene in The
Spectator. "...I cannot remember one which has succeeded so admirably in
raising the thriller to a poetic level." With Mireille Balin and Line Noro. French
with English subtitles. 94 minutes.