Jean Gabin

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Jean Gabin
Jean-Alexis Moncorgé
BirthplaceParis, France

Gabin, Jean


(pseudonym of Jean-Alexis Moncorge). Born May 17, 1904, in Meriel. French film actor.

Jean Gabin began his career in 1923; he danced and sang on the variety stage and sang in operettas. He first appeared in films in a role in the operetta Everyone Can Win (1931). He attained fame in films directed by M. Carne, J. Duvivier, and J. Renoir. Great charm, emotional generosity, courage, and kindness characterized the roles he has created, often people who were persecuted by society and declasse but who always preserved human dignity and a high sense of comradeship. Among such characters were the worker Jean in Friendly Company (1936), the gangster Pépé in Pépé le Moko (1936), the soldier-deserter Jean in Port of Shadows (1938), and the worker Francois in Daybreak (1939). His best work of the 1930’s was the role of Marechal in The Grand Illusion (1937). The role of Pierre in Walls in Malapaga (1949) seemed to continue the prewar theme in Gabin’s art, but in the 1950’s and 1960’s his heroes change. Calm confidence, a wisdom acquired with the experience of life, humor, and skepticism replaced the anxiety and yearning for a better life of his earlier heroes. Among such roles were the machinist Raymond in Night Is My Kingdom (1951), Max in Don’t Touch the Loot (1954), the banker Noel Chudler in The Strong of This World (1958), the worker Neve in Prairie Street (1959), and Brassac in The Thunder of Heaven (1965). He has been awarded French national prizes as well as prizes at international film festivals.


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Selon elle, [beaucoup moins que] il a travaille aux cotes de Julien Duvivier, d'Andre Hugon, de Marcel Pagnol avec qui il a fait trois films, ainsi qu'avec le grand Jean Gabin.
This inclusiveness is largely a good thing, and it is certainly refreshing to have some reasonably substantial discussion of important but relatively little-known films like Julien Duvivier's very French Golgotha (1935)--the first sound-picture to deal with Christ's passion, with Jean Gabin as a memorably pensive Pontius Pilate--and Roberto Rossellini's exquisitely paced but doggedly unspectacular 1975 Italian television film Il Messia.
The ambiance was inspired by a host of "weird things," such as old sports cars, Art Deco, jazz, and the French actor Jean Gabin.
These later works include treasures like L'Universita di Rebbibia (Rebibbia University, 1983), a spellbinding account of life in the women's prison in Rome, where Sapienza was sent after a conviction for petty theft; and Io, Jean Gabin (I, Jean Gabin, 2010), a brilliant return to the more directly autobiographical themes of Lettera Aperta.
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The film, which stars Jean Gabin and Erich von Stroheim, is the story of captured French soldiers plotting their escape from a succession of German prison camps during WWI.
Seeing her so lost, Jean Gabin stopped wiping glasses and said, "Unless you have another preference, ma'am, allow me to suggest this highest quality Port wine.
Focusing on Allied prisoners (including Jean Gabin, a French Spencer Tracy), and the cultured Prussian flyer turned commandant (Erich von Stroheim), this movie's sympathetic elegy for human frailty is yet another example of Renoir's democratic mantra that "everyone has his reasons.
Highlights include a 1930 Cartier bracelet of ballbearings set in gold which actor Jean Gabin gave Marlene Dietrich and a 1932 rock crystal bracelet owned by Gloria Swanson.
Renoir's 1938 Poetic Realist adaptation of Zola's La Bete humaine, starring Jean Gabin, is closely modeled on these stereotypical scenarios of 1930s cinema, as it involves the abuse of a young woman by a powerful father figure, the threat of impotence, a murder plan devised to free the couple from a deadlocked triangulated structure, and the final murder of a castrating woman.
Zouzou casts French leading man Jean Gabin opposite of Baker in the key role of Jean, the object of the lead character's romantic preoccupation.
She doesn't dance at all in Zou Zou (1934), in which her co-star is French screen legend Jean Gabin.