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cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film Bob le flambeur

They just don't make 'em like they used to: neither the films nor 'les flambeurs'. There have been numerous noir films and countless heist films, but few of them match the panache of Melville's near-flawless mid-fifties gem. The contrast between Roger Duchesne's smooth, refined Bob and Daniel Cauchy's crass, inept Paolo tells in the brilliant ending (with echoes of Casablanca). Remade as 'The Good Thief' in 2002.