After seven fabulous years with you all, we are sorry to let you know that we're going to be retiring the Flixster Community site on September 30, 2014. Please note that you can still access your ratings, reviews, and quizzes on Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes using your same login. We have had so much fun building this community with you.
Both a tribute to classic American gangster films and the source of inspiration for French New Wave filmmakers, Bob le Flambeur is the first in a series of stylish noirs that Jean-Pierre Melville started in the mid-'50s. Co-scripted by the popular crime writer Auguste Le Breton (Rififi), this is a story of ex-bank robber and compulsive gambler Bob (Roger Duchesne), who plans a heist at the Deauville casino. As in many films of that genre, he assembles a team of old friends and new acquaintances to do the job and is determined to perform it despite all the odds that continue to pile up before him. The overall tone is admirably lighthearted, however, and despite many stylistic and thematic references to American caper movies, the whole enterprise remains genuinely French. "This is a kind of film that we want to make!" exclaimed the young and rebellious François Truffaut back in 1955. Jean-Luc Godard, in his turn, acknowledged Melville's influence, giving him an extended cameo in Breathless. ~ Yuri German, Rovi
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
If there?s one thing the French are good for, it?s heist flicks. This is said to be a major precursor to the French New Wave, which every film buff knows as an extremely important movement in the history of film. This was one of the first movies to knowingly imitate the noir style, which had beforehand not really been a genre but more of a natural aesthetic evolution. Jean-Pierre Melville?s movies were all about coolness, he?s the reason why black suits are the perfect garb for high class badasses. This is a heist film which ends up not being about the heist at all, but of a character who isn?t as smooth as he seems. I really think I?m going to enjoy exploring more of Melville?s work.
Bob the gambler is a great french caper movie. Not quite Noir, in my opinion, but an excellent movie by Jean-Pierre Melville. And this makes me very interested in French New Wave and seeing more of Melville's films as well.
Robert 'Bob' Montagné (Roger Duchesne) is a gambler and former gangster. He's well known in town; even by his cop friend, Commissaire Ledru (Guy Decomble) who he had saved his life at one time. Bob is a chronic gambler who loses as much as he wins, but he's always generous with his friends.
He runs into a beautiful young girl, Anne (Isabelle Corey) and lets her crash at his place a few times. There's a lot of sexual tension between them, but he's very stand-offish and is happy to hand her over to his young protogé, Paolo (Daniel Cauchy) when he shows an interest.
Naturally, when you're on a losing streak you tend to fall back on some bad habits and Bob is tempted to get a crew put together to steal from a Casino. One thing that I really liked is that the film showed off the many games Bob would play and the casinos in the area (as well as Isabelle Corey).
A great movie on which many other films are based. The last fifteen minutes are intriguing and offer an amazing life lesson. It is worth it to see the beautiful black and white photography of Paris and the lovely Isabelle Corey.