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#1 Lawrence

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:46 AM

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BOB LE FLAMBEUR
Jean-Pierre Melville

France • 1956 • 102 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • French
Suffused with wry humor, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le flambeur melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay the road map for the French New Wave. As the neon is extinguished for another dawn, an aging gambler navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen, and naive associates while plotting one last score—the heist of the Deauville casino. This underworld comedy of manners possesses all the formal beauty, finesse, and treacherous allure of green baize.


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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:47 AM

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:04 PM

Where this movie is done so well is the "state" of the gambler. It is analogous to a competitive spirit where you want to win regardless of what appointments you have to keep (fans of versus games or competitive sports know this feeling). So I did not find the ending that far-fetched at all.

I prefer Melville's later work, but the influence from this film on the new wave to come is quite evident.

Really enjoyed Roger Duchesne's performance. I wonder why he only did one more film after this: Marchands de filles (1957). Though he had not done a film since Adrien (1943). Actually looking at his career, I have not seen him in any other movie.

I like this interview with Daniel Cauchy who is quite honest about his feelings of this film (it is a bit slow for him though).

It is easy to see Meville's characterization influenced John Woo's movies. The HK Heroic Bloodshed genre has many of the same attributes from the respect between certain gangsters (triad members) and cops as well as the idea of an honorable gangster (Melville and others stated that WWII would change this analogous to Johnnie To's shift of honorable triad members in the Election series).
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:25 PM

I had zero issues with the ending, and actually found it to be an delightfully unexpected moment of poetic brilliance, like a more subtle/tasteful Harvey Dent (though not quite so random). It didn't even need to come off as realistic as much as interesting or innovative, and had the film ended in a more expected manner I might've found it forgettable. These are the kinds of opportunities that great film makers take advantage of. :lol:

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:49 PM

I had zero issues with the ending, and actually found it to be an delightfully unexpected moment of poetic brilliance, like a more subtle/tasteful Harvey Dent (though not quite so random). It didn't even need to come off as realistic as much as interesting or innovative, and had the film ended in a more expected manner I might've found it forgettable. These are the kinds of opportunities that great film makers take advantage of. :lol:


Which is why I wrote "fans of versus games or competitive sports know this feeling." ;) Not only is it poetic brilliance but I feel quite realistic (especially since I have known some big gamblers and myself can be extremely competitive where I have lost time even in important situations). Of course film doesn't have to have a realistic ending (like Being There) to absolutely perfect.
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