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Sunday October 18, 2009

Who's the Epitome of 1950s American Cool? Jean Gabin in 1939

Here's a few screenshots of Jean Gabin in Marcel Carne's “Le Jour Se Leve” from 1939. Remind you of anyone? Brando maybe? In 1954 maybe? Fifteen years later?

I can't help but think of all of the cool Americans who have unknowingly been imitating a Frenchman for more than 70 years, and thinking the look was their own.

Jean Gabin in "Le jour se leve" (1939)

Jean Gabin in "Le jour se leve" (1939)

Anyone know how this look in general and leather jackets in particular became popular? Aviators, certainly, wore leather bomber jackets in the '30s; motorcyclists,too. Gabin is neither in “Le Jour Se Leve.” But look at him. He's even got the sideburns.

Posted at 09:12 AM on Oct 18, 2009 in category Jean Gabin
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Friday May 22, 2009

The Hot Hand: Jean Gabin

Has any actor ever been on a roll like Jean Gabin from 1936 to 1939? He starred in one classic film after another. Boom boom boom:

  • “Les bas-fonds” (1936) with Jean Renoir
  • “Pepe le Moko” (1936) with Julien Duvivier
  • “La grand illusion” (1937) with Jean Renoir
  • “Le quai des brumes” (1938) with Marcel Carne
  • “La bete humaine” (1939) with Jean Renoir
  • “Le jour se leve” (1939) with Marcel Carne

That’s an insane streak. Maybe Bogart in the ‘40s (“High Sierra,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca,” “To Have and Have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Treasure of Sierra Madre,” “Key Largo”) or Jack Nicholson in the early ‘70s (“Five Easy “Pieces,” “King of Marvin Gardens,” “The Last Detail,” “Chinatown,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) had similar runs, but...

I’m sure I’m missing somebody.

Posted at 09:20 AM on May 22, 2009 in category Jean Gabin
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