(aka 'Bob the Gambler" or "Fever Heat')

directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France 19

Suffused with wry humor, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le Flambeur melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay the roadmap for the French New Wave. As the neon is extinguished for another dawn, an aging gambler navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen, and na´ve associates while plotting one last score—the heist of the Deauville casino. This underworld comedy of manners possesses all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize.


Theatrical Release: April - 1955 - France

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 150 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:42:48 
Video 1.31:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

•  Video interview with Daniel Cauchy (“Paulo”) (21:58)
• Radio interview with Jean-Pierre Melville (23:59)
•  Theatrical trailer (unrestored - 3:26)
• 24 page liner notes

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2002

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Oh Criterion - how much money have you caused me to spend? It almost makes reviewing their discs superfluous. How many adjectives can you use? Another strong example of why they are the best DVD production company in the world. Beautiful contrast, tight, great subtitles, crucial extras - and just the right amount of grain. There is no reason not to own this one.out of

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