Online Film Club: Bob le Flambeur

Online Film Club: Bob le Flambeur

Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed the morning of the event

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Feeling like a good old-fashioned gangster movie? In a hard-boiled mood? Looking to add some film noir to your repertoire? In any case, Ciné-Club's got you covered. Join us this week as we discuss Jean-Pierre Melville's French take on American crime movies: 

Bob le Flambeur / "Bob the Gambler" (1956)

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From the bars to the bureaus, everyone knows Bob! Styled after the antiheroes of American cinema, Jean-Pierre Melville's eponymous gangster is a true denizen of the demi-monde whose penchant for cards lands him in hot water. Using his hardboiled how-to, he devises a plan to make it back on his feet with one big score - but liaisons become liabilities and Bob's plan falls into peril as the authorities and other gangsters close in around him. Can the high-roller land a winning hand?

Lurking through the seedy nightlife of Pigalle, Melville's film is often considered one of the precursors to film noir and the French New Wave movement. It is notably indepted to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Raymond Chandler but brings a setting and style to the genre that is unmistakeably Parisian. 

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Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.