Saturday, June 18, 2011

BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1956) -
Jean-Pierre Melville


After taking a backseat to Cocteau, Jean-Pierre arrives to the crime genre a fully-formed auteur with a brash "Un Film De Melville" credit to boot. While this might not be his most action-packed heist pic, it is definitely his classiest. I had forgotten that Bob (and this movie) was so well-mannered he never got around to pulling the actual robbery, unless you count his ginormous Baccarat take. Quite a "flambeur," indeed.

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