Pepe le moko

Julien Duvivier's Pepe le Moko (1937) is a bit of an early influence on film noir, but also a solid example of poetic realism. Though mostly it's a subtly racist tale about a young woman who falls for a murderer and the police conspiracy to kill him. It's beautifully shot, if nothing else, and holds a dear place for me as Graham Greene's inspiration for writing The Third Man