Julien Duvivier’s poetic-realist imagination at its high point (1937). Jean Gabin stars as the Parisian gangster who is lured out of his lair in the Casbah by a fatal passion for a mysterious lady (Mireille Balin). This is the closest Duvivier came to Renoir, which is no mean feat. Its American remake, Algiers (with Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr), was so popular that it too was remade. 94 min.