Bob le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Jean-Pierre Melville's sly and svelte human comedy strikes an articulate cinephiliac give-and-take"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"At once a charming entertainment, a resonant character study, an ironic morality tale, and a bittersweet celebration of Montmartre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A must for those who like their crime capers cool and elegant."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Lagging direction, so-so thesping and usual femme and lowdown aspects of this type production make this an ordinary entry."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Bob le Flambeur (1955) has a good claim to be the first film of the French New Wave."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An overlooked masterpiece."
‑ , Film4
"a generally absorbing and sometimes funny look at the capricious nature of Luck"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Um verdadeiro clássico do gênero noir, o filme conta com um protagonista fascinante e um roteiro repleto de momentos brilhantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A wonderful movie with all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the most curious yet pleasing of all the great French film noirs."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Melville at his best"
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Super cool."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Melville's actually more interested in his central character's gentlemanly heroics and fractured obsession with risking everything at the roulette table."
‑ Jamie Russell,
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