Part of a season of French film noir to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary crime author and master of ’argot’ Auguste Le Breton. Get ready for some Rififi !
Both a tribute to classic American gangster films and the source of inspiration for French New Wave filmmakers, Bob le Flambeur is the first in a series of stylish noirs that Jean-Pierre Melville started in the mid-’50s. The story of ex-bank robber and compulsive gambler Bob, who plans a heist at the Deauville casino. He assembles a team of old friends and new acquaintances to do the job and is determined to perform it despite all the odds that continue to pile up before him.
By Jean-Pierre Melville (1956, 98 mins)
Cast : Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Roger Duchesne, Guy Decomble, André Garet
Film script by Jean-Pierre Melville and Auguste Le Breton
Dialogues : Auguste Le Breton
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Auguste Le Breton season
Le Breton established himself as an emblematic author with a special insight into the world of French criminal underworld. Close to the Parisian mob, he frequented the bars, gambling dens and gangs of Montmartre and gathered real life experiences which he nourished his novels with. Inventor of the word ‘Rififi’, he is best known for having introduced argot and slang to literature and for the screen adaptations of many of his novels that instantly became noir classics.
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