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Pépé le moko

Julien Duvivier

 
Pépé le moko (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1937
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #172

The notorious Pépé 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, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police—until a Parisian playgirl compels him 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, Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le moko is presented here in its full-length version.

Cast

Pépé le MokoJean Gabin
CarlosGabriel Gabrio
Le Grand PèreSaturnin Fabre
RégisFernand Charpin
Inspecteur SlimaneLucas Gridoux
PierrotGilbert Gil
L'Arbi Marcel Dalio
JimmyGaston Modot
Chef Inspecteur LouvainPaul Escoffier

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, made from newly restored film elements
  • 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 Pépé le moko, addressing the historical background of the film’s setting and the French crime novel genre
  • A study of the lasting influence of Pépé on popular culture, including a special video comparison between Pépé and the 1938 U.S. remake Algiers
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Eva Wah

Film Essays

Pépé le moko

By Michael Atkinson January 06, 2003

To fully submerge into the antiquated, almost aboriginal mirage of Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le moko (1937), you cannot overlook its position as a cog in the dream-works of film history. Seasoning . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Big Screen


News

Vive Duvivier! Long Live Renoir!

March 17, 2010

Two new retrospectives happening concurrently on different continents pay serious respect to a pair of thirties French cinema pioneers. First, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Jean . . . Read more »


Clippings

CELEBRATING JULIEN DUVIVIER

May 05, 2009

French filmmaker Julien Duvivier is undoubtedly best known for the 1937 classic Pépé le Moko, starring Jean Gabin. But many film lovers today have seen little else by this poetic realist . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Pépé le moko

By Michael Atkinson January 06, 2003

To fully submerge into the antiquated, almost aboriginal mirage of Julien Duvivier’s Pépé le moko (1937), you cannot overlook its position as a cog in the dream-works of film history. Seasoning . . . Read more »