in about 100 words or less
France 102m, B&W
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville; Cast: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble, André Garet
Employing modern looking handheld camera movements and jump cuts which foreshadow the French New Wave, Bob the Gambler is a gangster film noir about a suave, but aging ex-con who has “gone straight”. A gambling addict, with a turn of bad luck, Bob plots one last heist, a robbery of a casino. An influential film, and the basis for two versions of Ocean’s Eleven (1960 and 2001), Bob le Flambeur was also remade as The Good Thief in 2002. A witty and charming anti-hero, Bob’s luck seems to run out when the heist goes bad, though hedging his bets, anything seems possible when he’s on a winning streak (Klaus Ming august 2014).