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  • Summary: A re-release of Julien Divivier's 1937 romantic crime classic.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Not to be missed. And pay close attention to the finale. It's a genuine surprise.
  2. An early voice-over segment about the Casbah itself, before Gabin makes an appearance, is so pungent you can almost taste the place, even though the filming was clearly done in a studio.
  3. A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
  4. 100
    One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
  5. It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
  6. This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. PatC.
    Apr 3, 2007
    A charming and deftly told film, memorable in its day for the ease in which it immersed the viewer in a foreign culture. Pepe is a Robin-Hood style criminal hero whose popularity derives more from the enemies he's assembled than from nuances in his character, but the desperation in his situation is not glossed over. But the real star of the show is the Casbah itself, and it's no stretch to see how the intrigue of this French North African urban scene paved the way for Casablanca, which soon followed. Expand

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