Pépé le Moko (1937)
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Agree with Dieguito, only it was shot 7 years earlier!
The Criterion work on this films was superb! the photography really helps you to immerse in the world of Pépé le Moko. And I don't think he was as charming as everyone depicted him in his world, he was full of flaws BUT non the less he is a complex character, and he's capable even after 80 years later to share his longing with all of us, to move us, to permeate our own feelings, all through his longing for Gaby, and I believe his love for Gaby is a secondary matter, I think this film with every line in it, and even in the middle of Algiers screams its love and longing for Paris.
A full on romantic film, a romance with a city, with a nation, with a way of life! And without being nationalistic, but perhaps just a little näive; the love for a country, and the search for freedom was at the core of this story.
Great noir. Remembers Casablanca, but in french and in Algiers.
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This movie ranks #15 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #96 in Times' 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #105 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #119 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #175 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #188 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #479 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #688 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #964 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?