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Bob Le Flambeur

4

Helping pave the way for the French New Wave was this charming gangster film from Jean-Pierre Melville, recently remade by Neil Jordan as The Good Thief. So impressed was Melville by John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle that he decided to make his own version of the heist movie as “a comedy of manners.” Not a tremendous amount happens in the story: titular Bob (Roger Duchesne) is an inveterate gambler, who hangs out with his associates in the night-spots of Paris’ Pigalle district and assembles a team of accomplices to rob a prominent casino. But although unmistakably Parisian in its settings, Bob Le Flambeur reflects Melville’s infatuation with the iconography of American gangster movies, with our chivalrous hero sporting fedora and  trench coat like a Bogart or Mitchum. The succinct intro to the disc by Melville scholar Ginette Vincendeau is highly informative, pointing out the absence of a traditional femme fatale figure. But that’s your lot.

 

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: November 13th 2006
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