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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 Sun. Oct 18, 2009 in category Jean Gabin  
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