Review: ‘Bob le Flambeur’

Pic is in the Rififi classification and is even written by the same man. It concerns the last job of an aging gangster who has been devoting himself to gambling until the final heist presents itself. However, here the similarity ends, for this lacks the suspense, characterization and deft direction of the predecessor.

Pic is in the Rififi classification and is even written by the same man. It concerns the last job of an aging gangster who has been devoting himself to gambling until the final heist presents itself. However, here the similarity ends, for this lacks the suspense, characterization and deft direction of the predecessor.

This plods through its tale of the underworld without adding the needed filip to make it unusual. Otherwise, lagging direction, so-so thesping and usual femme and lowdown aspects of this type production make this an ordinary entry. Production values show a tight budget and technical values are below par.

Bob le Flambeur

France

Production

Jenner/Cyme/Play Art/OG. Director Jean-Pierre Melville; Screenplay Auguste Le Breton, Jean-Pierre Melville; Camera Henri Decae; Editor Monique Bonnot; Music Eddie Barclay, Jean Boyer; Art Director Jean-Pierre Melville, Bouxin

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Roger Duchesne Isabelle Corey Daniel Cauchy Howard Vernon Guy Decomble Claude Cerval

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