Pépé Le Moko
(Julien Duvivier, 1937).
The great international hit of late '30s French cinema: Mixing exotic atmosphere with colonial fantasy and a pre-WW II sense of doom, the tale of a trapped gangster and slumming playgirl who find love in the Arab quarter of Algiers is best enjoyed for its romantic glamour and casual surrealismepitomized by the scene in which Jean Gabin prepares crash out, the Casbah melting behind him like a dream, as he hurries toward a fate at once romantic and existential.
Wed., Sept. 3, 3:30 & 7:20 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 4, 3 p.m., 2008
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.