Bob le Flambeur (1955)
Critic Consensus: Majorly stylish, Bob le Flambeur is a cool homage to American gangster films and the presage to French New Wave mode of seeing.
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Critic Reviews for Bob le Flambeur
This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made.
Lagging direction, so-so thesping and usual femme and lowdown aspects of this type production make this an ordinary entry.
A wonderful movie with all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize.
Its realism is not the reality of life, but of the kind of movies that give shape to the disordered lives of the people who watch movies.
Bob le Flambeur (1955) has a good claim to be the first film of the French New Wave.
Audience Reviews for Bob le Flambeur
The ending is pure comedy - adore!
another genius film directed by melville. the cast, camera work, and script were near perfect and the story was inventive and compelling. i was ready to give this a perfect score and declare it one of my favorite films of all time until an unfortunate final 5 minutes of the film that completely spit in the face of logic and common sense, but when an entire film is near flawless and the climax doesnt work out well the film still deserves respect. despite the empty ending this is a wonderful and excellent film.
another great heist film from jean pierre melville, once again showing his love for american noir and gangster movies. the title character is a kind, aging thief and degenerate gambler who plans one last elaborate job, the robbery of the deauville casino. of course everything doesn't go off as planned. an important precursor of french new wave and a very obvious influence on ocean's eleven. remade by neil jordan as the good thief, 2003
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