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Bob le flambeur

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1956
Drama, Thriller, Crime
  • French
  • English
The Crimes of Jean-Pierre Melville

Synopsis

An aging gambler navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen, and naïve associates while plotting one last score in Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le flambeur, which melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication, laying the roadmap for the French New Wave.

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 to French resistance members—we offer a few of the masters finest in a triple bill starting with this crime fable of mortality, crime, and maybe even love.

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