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The Sunday Intertitle: Missing Bologna

I have to get organized and raise some cash so I can go to Bologna next year. Cinema Ritrovato is an annual event and I need to be present at it annually. 557 more words


Voici le temps des assassins (1956)

It took me some time to get properly in tune with Duvivier’s movie. Unexpected difficulties arose, I guess, from a completely idiotic title under which this movie is known in the US. 652 more words

French Movies

The Death Rattle of Algiers

21 Oct 2013: Pépé Le Moko (DVD, 1936, Julien Duvivier)

There’s plenty of misogyny and colonialist racism but hard-edged attitude and atmosphere here to launch the thousand crime and/or foreign intrigue films that this movie seems to have done, if the enthusiastic author of this DVD’s liner notes can be believed. 223 more words


Pépé le Moko (1937)

France, 94m, B&W
Director: Julien Duvivier; Cast: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin, Lucas Gridoux

Based on Henri La Barthe’s novel of the same name, this is a tragic love story about the self-imposed exile of a notorious playboy criminal known as Pépé le Moko, who has taken refuge in the city of Algiers, only to fall for a society woman who tempts him out of hiding. 66 more words


The Orient is a vindictive mistress


I recently saw Pépé le Moko. I admit, a main reason was a longstanding fascination with its quintessentially French, male protagonist. But I got so much more than Jean Gabin out of it. 92 more words


Voici le temps des assassins (Julien Duvivier, 1956)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Voici le temps des assassins.

Julien Duvivier’s darkest study of moral depravity, … 1,102 more words