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Jean-Pierre Melville: Bob le flambeur

Thu, Jan 24 / 7 pm
Sun, Jan 27 / 5 pm
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
1956, France, 104 min
French with English subtitles

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.

Plays with: 24 heures de la vie d’un clown / Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1946, France, 18 min, French with English subtitles / Jean-Pierre Melville’s first film, a documentary of the day in the life of Beby the clown.


The Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française du Manitoba, Institut Français, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Canada, and the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation.

            

Reviews

The movie is a superb riff with a boffo finale, a terrific, cynical punch line, and a crazy closing image of Bob's Plymouth on an empty beach.
- J.Hoberman, Village Voice
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