Jean-Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR

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Jean-Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR

Time: January 5, 2018 to January 11, 2018
Location: Film Forum
Street: 209 W. Houston Street
City/Town: New York City
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Event Type: film
Organized By: Film Forum
Latest Activity: Jan 4

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Event Description

Friday, January 5 – Thursday, January 11

FRI  2:00   4:00   6:00   8:00   10:00
SAT  12:30   2:40   4:50   7:00   9:10
SUN  1:10   3:10   5:10   7:10   9:10
MON  2:00   4:00
TUE-THU  2:00   4:00   6:20


Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

(1955) Through the night streets of Montmartre saunters silver-haired Bob Montagné (Roger Duchesne), ex-gangster and, as per his nickname, a  “flambeur” (high roller, or compulsive gambler), moving from poker to craps to the track to roulette to baccarat and back, at the break of dawn, to the one-armed bandit he keeps in his posh pad. Ever-dapper in a snap-brim and raincoat, with the occasional tux thrown in, Bob shows neophyte hood Daniel Cauchy the ropes and looks out for lusciously amoral mignon Isabelle Corey, though there may be time for one last, spectacular heist:  the casino at Deauville. Melville’s first original screenplay, co-scripted with French pulp novelist Auguste Le Breton (Rififi), and the first of his gangster films, here done as both hommage and comic riff, and in its incredibly evocative shots of a Noir Montmartre, “a love letter to a Paris which no longer existed.” Bob was, in its sheer exuberance, a blast of fresh air in the 50s atmosphere of the cinéma de qualité, and a precursor to the free shooting style of the Nouvelle Vague4K DCP restoration. Approx. 98 min.

Restored in 4K under the supervision of Studiocanal, with the support of the CNC.


Presented with support from The George Fasel Memorial Fund for Classic French Cinema.

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