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Bob le Flambeur (1956)
"Bob le flambeur" (original title)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1959 (USA)
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Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is ... See full summary »

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Anne (as Isabel Corey)
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Paolo
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Guy Decomble ...
Commissaire Ledru
André Garet ...
Roger
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Marc
Claude Cerval ...
Jean, le croupier
Colette Fleury ...
Suzanne, la femme de Jean
René Havard ...
Inspecteur Morin
Simone Paris ...
Yvonne
Howard Vernon ...
McKimmie, le commanditaire
Henry Allaume ...
Un gangster (as Henri Allaume)
Germaine Licht ...
Céleste Régnier, la concierge (as Germaine Amiel)
Yvette Amirante ...
La copine d'Anne
Dominique Antoine
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Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is planned exactly, but the police is informed about the planned coup. Meanwhile in the Casino Bob starts to gamble. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Budget:

FRF 17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,985 (USA) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

$41,010 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Jean-Luc Godard's favorite Melville movie. Often claimed it to be the height of French films inspired by American noir. See more »

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The first time Anne approaches Bob's car, she does so twice. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Bob' Montagné: I was born here. It was not so dirty then. And I left to conquer the world. I was 14 when I left my mother.
Anne: Did you go far?
Robert 'Bob' Montagné: Yes... a mile away.
Anne: And your father?
Robert 'Bob' Montagné: I use my mother's name.
Anne: She was unlucky with you both.
Robert 'Bob' Montagné: I returned 10 years later, early one morning. I saw an old woman on her knees, scrubbing away, as she always had. That's how I recognised her. I left without a word. Then I sent her a postal order each month. One month it was sent back. She had stopped scrubbing.
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Brilliant Genre Film that Fights Conventions
8 September 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I just watched Bob le flambeur for a class on the French New Wave. The film is brilliant. The title character is a complicated former gangster who has mellowed out since spending time in prison. He reminds me a great deal of Burt Lancaster's character in Atlantic City. He is an old-timer in a world that has moved on.

Bob is a gambler (hence the title of the film) that never wins. He has a relatively big win at the races but then blows it all in a casino. He seems destined to be a loser. The fact that he always loses may have some bearing on why he refuses the sexual advances of the young and beautiful Ana. Instead of bringing her into his web of misfortune, he "gives" her to his Polo (the son-figure). Nevertheless, the relationship between Bob and Ana is frought with sexual tension.

Half way through the film, Bob loses all of his money and decides to put a crew together to rob the casino of 800 million francs (this reminded my a lot of Kubrick's The Killing). What follows is Bob's retreat into his original gangster form. At one point, he slaps Ana across the face - something that he (at the beginning of the film) would not have ever done. In addition the second half of the film is filled with sequences of the gang "training" to rob the place. Some of these are extremely hypnotic such as the lock-picker opening a copy of the casino's safe.


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