Directed by Julien Duvivier.
Screenplay by Charles Spaak.
Based on a novel by Pierre Dumarchais.
Cast: Jean Gabin, Annabella, Robert Le Vigan, Raimond Aimos, Pierre Renoir, Gaston Modot, Margo Lion, Charles Granval, Viviane Romance.
In black and white.
Has some interesting and unusual ingredients.
Julien Duvivier directing Jean Gabin in the desert.
A bizarre brothel, where a strangely disguised Annabella is supposed to be some kind of arab princess.
A legionary that tattoos his face to look like a skeleton skull.
Pierre Renoir in an Erich von Stroheim role.
A wedding in the brothel.
Some tattoo work.
The film is really disjointed.
Not entirely successful, but certainly enjoyable with all that talent.
Some of the plot seem arbitrary, other things very arranged, which make up for an unusual mix. Some things JUST are!
Julien Duvivier, Jean Renoir and Marcel Carné ARE the classic French cinema. Jacques Feydeau might belong too, haven't watched enough to say for sure.