Bob le Flambeur (Melville, 1956)

Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)

One of the better heist movies I’ve seen, and that’s probably because there isn’t really a heist in this film. Much more about the aging protagonist, his relationships, and his struggles with the world he lives in, Bob le Flambeur treats us to a highly atmospheric night-life underworld. We accompany Bob as he fights for relevance in a world that’s shifting to a new generation. He lives vicariously through his protégé and his past successes with the dark and drab New Wave setting illustrating his quiet sadness perfectly. Even from a plot standpoint, Melville keeps this mostly minimalisitic and we are able to get a true feel for a man past his prime who never was able to avoid being his own worst enemy.  8.5/10

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