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Bob le flambeur
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4,490 Ratings

BOB LE FLAMBEUR

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1956
Drama, Thriller, Crime

Synopsis

Ageing safecracker and compulsive gambler Bob lives by night and sleeps by day, and thrives on his nostalgia for the prewar gangster milieu, before the infiltration of the Gestapo upset the delicate balance between cop and criminal. Bob’s going for the big stakes now: the casino vault in Deauville.

Synopsis

Ageing safecracker and compulsive gambler Bob lives by night and sleeps by day, and thrives on his nostalgia for the prewar gangster milieu, before the infiltration of the Gestapo upset the delicate balance between cop and criminal. Bob’s going for the big stakes now: the casino vault in Deauville.

Our take

From the French New Wave to Michael Mann, the influence of Jean-Pierre Melville’s cool existentialist cinema cannot be understated. Ace gamblers, melancholic gangsters, and French resistance members populate this ultra-moody, Paris-set noir looking at mortality, crime, and maybe even love.