Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

Bob le flambeur

1955, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 98 min. With Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 3rd 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 6th 6:00pm

"At once a charming entertainment, a resonant character study, an ironic morality tale, and a bittersweet celebration of Montmartre, BOB LE FLAMBEUR reinforces Melville's reputation as one of history's premier filmmakers in the same way that Shakespeare's comedies enhance his reputation as a major tragedian." — TV Guide

Melville made his first foray into the crime genre with this New Wave prototype (later remade by Neil Jordan as THE GOOD THIEF) that turns the doom-laden fatalism of film noir into a playful, jazzlike riff where style is everything, whether it be the freewheeling camera work of Henri Decaë (JULES AND JIM), the Bogartesque cool of hero Bob Le Flambeur (“High Roller”), or the insouciant eroticism of the sex kitten (Corey) he gallantly shelters. The silver-haired, trench-coated Bob is a former thief turned gambler, but a long losing streak tempts him to take a crack at a fat safe in a seaside casino. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Melville film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Melville film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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