Bob Le Flambeur

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27  11:30 AM

MONDAY, JANUARY 29  7 PM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1  9 PM

“This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made. It replaces his sternly fatalistic philosophizing with a benign, genuinely comic spirit, and his rigidly classical style yields to a pleasant informality. Yet the characters—professional gamblers, craftsmanly safecrackers—and their code are recognizably Melvillian, and the portrait of Pigalle after dark is superbly evocative and romantic. The plot—a gambler on a streak of bad luck plans the robbery of the Deauville casino—is largely lifted from The Asphalt Jungle, though the suspense has been wittily inverted: we’re made to hope that the robbery doesn’t come off.” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader)

1955 Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 98 min. In French with English subtitles.