French postcard by edition Chantal, Paris, no. 49A. Photo: Paris Film Production.
French actor and war hero Jean Gabin (1904-1976) was one of the great stars of the European cinema. In the 1930s, he became the personification of the tragic romantic hero of the poetic realist film. Whether he played the legionnaire (Gueule d'amour), the deserter (Le Quai des brumes) or the head gangster (Pépé le Moko), Gabin was impeccable, bringing a tragic humanity to each of his appearances which the public adored. After the war Gabin was reborn as a tough anti-hero, set in his beliefs, feared and respected by all, the Godfather of the French cinema.
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