NOIR CITY 12: PEPE LE MOKO / JENNY LAMOUR / RIPTIDE
Saturday, February 1: France
The price of admission gets you into the full triple bill.
PEPE LE MOKO
(1937, France, 94 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Henri La Barthe and Julien Duvivier, from La Barthe's novel. Dir. Julien Duvivier
Parisian crook Pepe Le Moko (the legendary Jean Gabin) thrives within Algiers's Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as bait when Pepe falls for a beautiful tourist. Exhibit A in the argument that the French were the first to do "noir."
JENNY LAMOUR (QUAI DES ORFEVRES)
(1947, France, 106 min., English subtitles)
Scr. John Ferry and H. G. Clouzot, from Stanislas-Andre Steeman's novel. Dir. H. G. Clouzot
Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), a flighty and ambitious showgirl, is the prime suspect in the death of an elderly showbiz patron. But beleaguered inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvert) overlooks no possible suspect in the bustling theater. An exceptional policier, rich with colorful characters.
RIPTIDE (UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE)
(1949, France, 91 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Jacques Sigurd. Dir. Yves Allegret
A mysterious young man (Gerard Philipe) visits a desolate coastal town during a bleak winter, soon followed by another watchful, curious stranger. Gradually, the boy's connection to the town -- and his dark secret -- are revealed. A quintessentially French approach to noir.
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