PEPE LE MOKO (Julien Duvivier, 1936)

“A son of the devil always has friends.” Superior in almost every way to the Hollywood remake starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr (Algiers, John Cromwell, 1938; the remake’s photography, by James Wong Howe, is moodier, more evocative), Pépé le Moko is perhaps Julien Duvivier’s finest film. Showcasing but not overwhelmed by Jean Gabin’s complex, […]