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In the Labyrinth: Masculine Subjectivity, Expatriation, and Colonialism in Pépé le Moko
The French Review
Vol. 67, No. 4 (Mar., 1994), pp. 637-647
Published by: American Association of Teachers of French
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/396926
Page Count: 11
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This reading of the film connects an existentialist interpretation of the hero's dilemma to the shaping contingencies of racial, class, and gender difference. Recently, a group of French critics has pointed out that the ambiguous relationship between the Parisian outlaw and an Arab police inspector who trails him in the labyrinth of the Casbah is, in fact, revealingly emblematic of submerged racial and political tensions in the symbiosis between France and the North African colonies. These writers do not, however, mention gender specificity or class as contributing links in the psycho-political structure revealed by the narrative.
The French Review © 1994 American Association of Teachers of French