Bob le Flambeur
Bob le Flambeur (1955)

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… More

Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Majorly stylish, Bob le Flambeur is a cool homage to American gangster films and the presage to French New Wave mode of seeing.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Jean-Pierre Melville's sly and svelte human comedy strikes an articulate cinephiliac give-and-take

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Variety Staff

Lagging direction, so-so thesping and usual femme and lowdown aspects of this type production make this an ordinary entry.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bob le Flambeur (1955) has a good claim to be the first film of the French New Wave.

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An overlooked masterpiece.

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Time Out

A wonderful movie with all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the most curious yet pleasing of all the great French film noirs.

Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

Melville at his best

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
The ending is pure comedy - adore!
Michael S
I liked THE GOOD THIEF more.
danny d
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… More
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… More
Stella Dallas
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… More