Pepe Le Moko [1937] [Criterion] (DVD)

Julien Duvivier

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Synopsis

In French with English subtitles. 

 

Jean Gabin, in a truly iconic performance, is the notorious Pepe le Moko: 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 the police - until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines one and for all. One of the most influential films of the 20th century and a landmark of French poetic realism, Julien Duvivier's Pepe le Moko is presented here, restored and in its full-length version. 

Product Details

  • Starring: Gabriel Gabrio, Mireille Balin, Jean Gabin, Saturnin Fabre, Lucas Gridoux, Line Noro
  • Format: Black & White, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 172

Special Features

  • 1962 French Television Interview with Director Julien Duvivier
  • Excerpts from the 1978 Television Documentary Remembering Jean Gabin
  • Excerpts from Ginette Vincendeau's BFI Classics Study of Pepe le Moko, Addressing the Historical Background of the Film's Setting and the French Crime Novel Genre
  • A Study of the Lasting Influence of Pepe le Moke on Popular Culture, Including a Special Video Comparison Between Pepe and the 1938 U.S. Remake Algiers
  • Essay by Film Critic Michael Atkinson

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