Bob le Flambeur

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Bob le Flambeur
Jean-Pierre Melville
Isabelle Corey, Roger Duchesne

A gloriously wry and romantic film from the father of the French New Wave, writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville’s policier tells the story of a gallant, small-time Paris gambler who wants to make one last grand heist, the robbery of the casino at Deauville. The film “is the product of another time and place: Paris, 1955. It was a period when French cineastes noted that two things they admired, American genre movies and existential philosophy, had one thing in common: an admiration of the heroic figure who defined himself and his code of personal honor by plain action rather than fancy words,” and Roger Duchesne’s Bob is just such a heroic figure, in every detail of his character. “The movie is a superb riff with a boffo finale, a terrific, cynical punch line, and crazy closing image of Bob’s Plymouth on an empty beach.” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice) One of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s favorite films. “The cinematic birth of cool.” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice)


New Digital Restoration
DCP bw
1 hour 37 minutes
release year/country
1955 France