|Bob le Flambeur|
Roger Duchesne, Daniel Cauchy, Isabelle Corey, Guy Decomble, Claude Cerval, Gérard Buhr, André Garet
Criterion Collection in French; new full-screen transfer with restored picture and sound; English subtitles (new and improved translation); video interview with actor Daniel Cauchy; radio interview with director Jean-Pierre Melville; theatrical trailer.
|The true bridge between American film noir and the French new wave, Jean-Pierre Melville's sublime "Bob le Flambeur" (the title translates as "Bob the Gambler") is an evocative glimpse into the mid-'50s Parisian underworld and the lives of its scurrilous denizens. It remains the epitome of cool half a century later, with a dreamlike vision of Montmartre's mean streets that still casts a spell today. Roger Duchesne, a novice actor who reputedly came complete with worn trenchcoat and criminal record, was cast as dapper compulsive gambler and retired thief Bob. Despite his lack of screen experience, Duchesne brought a dignified, near-unflappable presence to the title role. Bob is an honorable man tough, yet chivalrous to women and loyal to friends. But inside info encourages him to go for one more big heist: the Deauville casino. It could be a gangster's last gamble. With doe-eyed ingenue Isabelle Corey as an amoral sex kitten and wiry Daniel Cauchy as Bob's ambitious, self-proclaimed protégé Paolo.|