Bob le flambeur (1956)
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The comment about there being
no heist should definitely be spoiler tagged or removed, it pretty much gives away the ending of a really enjoyable film.
Very good noir! Definitely an inspiration for all Oceans casino robbing movies
Melville tries so hard to emulate the classic American film noirs of the 40s and 50s that he was obsessed with that he almost derails this smart little heist film by piling every stylistic trick he can think of, and quite a lot he didn't, into every frame. It does work though after a fairly uninvolving opening half, dominated by clumsy editing and some weak performances (especially under-age Isabelle Corey, who looks great naked but can't act at all), it's saved by an increasingly gripping second half lead by the charismatic leading performance by Roger Duchesne as the heist is planned and the net closes in. The end section is excellently shot and pleasingly different. Worth taking the gamble.
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This movie ranks #26 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
This movie ranks #42 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #103 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #116 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #133 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #153 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #217 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #250 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #276 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #296 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #516 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #701 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown