France, 1956, 98 min, DCP, Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, Rated PG, In French with English subtitles, Institut Français

Bob le Flambeur

Sunday, October 15

"Bob is the singular example of Melville's style, both a product of American iconography, yet rooted in a certain French mysticism and poetry." —Brian Eggert. Deep Focus Review

“Its realism is not the reality of life, but of the kind of movies that give shape to the disordered lives of the people who watch movies.” —Vincent Canby, The New York Times

A film that follows the charismatic and aging gambler, Bob Montagné, as he hatches an audacious plan to rob a casino in Deauville. A master of his trade, Bob assembles a motley crew of skilled criminals, including Paulo, a young and eager apprentice, to execute the perfect crime. However, their meticulously crafted scheme faces unexpected challenges when they find themselves pursued by relentless police inspector Ledru. As tension mounts and the stakes rise, Bob navigates the treacherous world of high-stakes gambling and crime, leading to a thrilling and unexpected climax.

In August 1973, 50 years ago, Jean-Pierre Grumbach (known as Jean-Pierre Melville), one of the great filmmakers of the 20th century, passed away. In a career spanning just fourteen films and twenty-five years, Jean-Pierre Melville became an international legend. His films had a profound impact on the young filmmakers of the French New Wave. He also exerted a lasting influence on other major filmmakers, with his writing and visual style having inspired many American directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann and Jim Jarmusch. 2023 is an opportunity to pay tribute to him and (re)discover his work. This program is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française Miami Metro.

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