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  • Summary: A re-release of Julien Divivier's 1937 romantic crime classic.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 100
    Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
  2. It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Foreign intrigue is raised to an art form.
  5. 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.
  6. Above all, the film is a classic of "poetic realism," that distinct brand of pessimistic '30s French urban drama that gave lyrical, sometimes even surrealistic, interpretations to working-class romances and underworld characters, settings and dramas.
  7. 80
    Casually racist and inordinately sexist, Pépé le Moko is best enjoyed for its offhand surrealism.

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  1. PatC.
    Apr 3, 2007
    8
    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 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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