Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--Film Noir Series--"Pépé le Moko"
Pépé le Moko
(Julien Duvivier, 1937, 94 min, France, French and Arabic with English subtitles, B/W, DVD)
The shadowy environs of the Casbah shelter a chic gangster, until a glamorous demi-mondaine awakens a fatal nostalgia for Paris. A great classic of French poetic realism, suffused with the exotic allure of colonial Algeria, Pépé Le Moko is a link between the German Expressionist classics of the 1920s and the Hollywood detective film noirs of the 1940s. The film is the perfect blend of crime and romance, of sleaze and poetry absolutely dated and perfectly ageless. In short, a classic.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).