Bob Le Flambeur (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

France, 1956.  Organisation Générale Cinématographique, Play Art, Productions Cyme, Studios Jenner.  Adaptation by , Jean-Pierre Melville, Dialogue by Auguste Le Breton.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Everything you love most about gangster films is epitomized in Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic film noir. Retired gangster Bob () is living a peaceful life after being released from the slammer. Hooking up with some old friends, he finds out about a possible casino scheme that could really go in his favour.

Complicating matters is a young street girl he befriends and tries to save from the underworld leeches that want to take advantage of her.

It’s a thriller of subtle proportions, one concerned more with its atmospheric settings than any thrilling suspense sequences (unlike Rififi, made the same year and penned by Bob‘s author Auguste Le Breton).

The beautiful, silvery sheen of this seminal classic should definitely make a favourable impress.  Remade in 2002 by Neil Jordan as The Good Thief.

The Criterion Collection:  #150


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