Classic Film : Any1 see the movie "Pepe Le Moko"?

Any1 see the movie "Pepe Le Moko"?

I'm a big fan of Jean Gabin, and I had this DVR'd, but I'm not into cat and mouse movies. I think 99% are the same, no matter how hard they try to disguise it with meaningless differences.

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The Casbah! I've never seen it. But here's this:



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I watched the first 20 minutes and deleted it. I try to better express what I like, but the best I can do is name the movies I like hoping someone would say "If you liked THAT one, you might love THIS movie"

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Hit the wrong button. See below.

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I'm not sure you can tell in the first 20 minutes.

It does have great reviews. And it's an important film as art. This is from Wikipedia:
English author Graham Greene in a review of the film for The Spectator asserted: "One of the most exciting and moving films I can remember seeing". It succeeds in "raising the thriller to a poetic level".[3] According to a BBC documentary, it served as inspiration for Greene's screenplay for The Third Man. It has many similarities with the American film Casablanca, which was released a few years later.


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It’s a great example of the “poetic realism” genre, a kind of style that started taking form in France in the 1930s. Renoir and Vigo also made films with a similar stylistic bent. While Gabin’s character is a gangster cloistered in the casbah, it’s not a crime/action movie. It’s mostly a dark, brooding affair, so one might have to change expectations a bit and let it unfold. Visually it was influential, and there are some striking scenes, one involving a player piano comes to mind. Also, Hollywood did a near shot for shot remake, called Algiers with Charles Boyer in 1938. Saw that one first, and it’s also worth looking for, but it smacks afterward a bit much like a straight-up imitation.

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I didn't like Algiers at all (and certainly never liked Boyer) but the cat and mouse thing is just repelling to me. I've seen thousands of movies, but the visuals don't mean much to me. I don't need a lot of movement, either.. For me, it's the writing, acting, and maybe the theme.

I did see "Love In The City" yesterday, the best movie I liked, although it's been very difficult to find something I do like.

I'm a big fan of Jean Gabin, and I liked him in Renoir's "La Grande Illusion", also liked a few other movies with Gabin, "Les Chat" - those are the movies I like… Movies about people, unique and original, and liked the movie, "Le Jour Se Le Vie"

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Agree that Boyer as a romantic lead can be hard to take, but his persona can actually be effective in roles when he plays unlikeable smarmy characters, as in Gaslight, for instance.

Grande Illusion is an interesting comparison to make here in that while ostensibly it’s a “prison break” movie, its themes are really a meditation on war and social class. While Pepe Le Moko may seem just “cat and mouse” it’s also a milestone example of what would become a film archetype; the brooding, vulnerable, emotionally trapped underworld anti-hero. A film like Casablanca and Bogart’s portrayal of Rick would’ve been vastly different or nonexistent without the example of these two films. Casablanca borrows explicitly from both of them.
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