Links to articles that may be of interest to those who attended the final screening of our 2022/23 season of French language films at the Institut français d’Écosse – Jean-Pierre Melville’s ‘Bob le Flambeur‘ (12 May 2023).
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet seen the film, key plot elements are described or shown in the material listed below.
Jean-Pierre Melville (director):
> Bob le flambeur (Review, Brian L. Frye, Senses of Cinema, March 2015)
> Bob le Flambeur (Jean Pierre Melville) – Interview with Daniel Cauchy (in French with English subtitles available) who stars in the film as Paolo, Bob’s young friend. (cuorenucleare, YouTube)
> All Men Are Guilty: Three Films by Jean-Pierre Melville (Greg Cwik, MUBI Notebook, 4 February 2018)
> Bob le flambeur (1956) (James Travers, FrenchFilms.org)
> Jean-Pierre Melville: The Moral Dimension of Crime (Celluloid Liberation Front, MUBI Notebook, 2 May 2017)
Henri Decaë (cinematographer):
> Henri Decaë Tribute (The French cinematographer Henri Decaë (1915-1987) worked with directors Jean-Pierre Melville, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Rene Clement, Georges Lautner, Franklin J. Schaffner, and Serge Bourguignon. Films used: Le Samourai, Le Cercle Rouge, 400 Blows, Bob Le Flambeur, Lift to the Scaffold, Le Silence de La Mer, The Boys From Brazil, Leon Morin, Priest, Les Amants, Les Cousins, Sundays and Cybele, The Professional, and Purple Noon.)