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Bob le Flambeur

Bob le Flambeur

This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made. It replaces his sternly fatalistic philosophizing with a benign, genuinely comic spirit, and his rigidly classical style yields to a pleasant informality. Yet the characters—professional gamblers, craftsmanly safecrackers—and their code are recognizably Melvillian, and the portrait of Pigalle after dark is superbly evocative and romantic. The plot—a gambler on a streak of bad luck plans the robbery of the Deauville casino—is largely lifted from The Asphalt Jungle, though the suspense has been wittily inverted: we're made to hope that the robbery doesn't come off. In French with subtitles.

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Director:

  • Jean-Pierre Melville

Cast:

  • Isabelle Corey
  • Daniel Cauchy
  • Roger Duchesne
  • André Garet
  • Gérard Buhr
  • Guy Decomble
  • Claude Cerval
  • Howard Vernon
  • Colette Fleury
  • Simone Paris

Writers:

  • Auguste Le Breton
  • Jean-Pierre Melville

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