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Bob Le Flambeur (1956)


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WHAT a film!  My journey into foreign English subtitled films has lead me to Bob Le Flambeur.  Lets get right to it. Bob ( Roger Duchesne) a former robber has gone straight for 20 years and is living as a gambler in the Paris district of Montmartre. Bob is living a lo key life but still garners the respect of the people who know of his past.  One day he meets Anne ( Isabelle Corey) a drifter who Bob decides to rescue from a pimp he doesnt like name Marc. He does this by letting her stay at his flat and introduces her to his young protege Paolo ( Daniel Cauchy).  Bob goes on a string of bad luck with his gambling and is made aware of a big heist that can be had at a casino named the Deauville by his safecracking friend Roger ( Andre' Garet).  From here the plot takes off and goes off in a myriad of directions that keep you FULLY engaged.  To avoid spoilers I will leave it at that.

The film is directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.  It was his fourth film and is known as being the precursor to the french New Wave film techniques.  The film is soo influential that two versions of the American film Ocean's Eleven were influenced by it.  The cinematography for the film was done by Henri Decae whose wartime military filming of documentary shorts helped influence the French New Wave style. The on scene shots are just fabulous. The gorgeous soundtrack is by Eddie Barclay and Jo Boyer.  

This is a great heist film and I'm gonna give it my rare perfect 10 out of 10. Its only my 6th film that I've given this to so far. I'm getting a better perspective now of classic films and noirs in particular and I will be revising some ratings of other films.  This is a MUST have for your film library...







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On 10/12/2018 at 12:56 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

I was lucky enough to see this on the big screen during a French Crime flick festival in my city. It is indeed superb and memorable. It makes a total of ...three? Melville movies I've seen.

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You HAVE to see Le Samourai and Le deuxième souffle.  I started watching Army of Shadows and it seemed boring.  I think I will give it another look...

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