Even before Ocean’s Eleven came “Bob le Flambeur” from Jean-Pierre Melville. Roger Duchesne plays the high roller, He played a middle-aged gambler and an ex-con whose style is so clear that he has even won the admiration of the town’s police. For Bob, gambling is not just an addiction but a way of life. When it is announced that the Deauville casino will contain 800 million francs on a given night, Bob, who’s on a losing streak of luck, unites a team of cons to doing a heist. The movie got the encounters and consequences fit for any good gambling movie, the heist itself is maybe less important than the setup, which is drawn out to most effective in the seedy underbelly of Montmartre’s nighttime streets. A cool and well-assembled early feature from Melville, “Bob le Flambeur” practically packs all the cool and expected French New Wave with its amazing use of handheld camerawork and the jump cut. If you are compelled to try your luck after reading all about lady luck, head to Columbus deluxe and have some fun while relaxing on your sofa.
Robert Altman’s “California Split” has gone almost unseen since its release in 1974. It may not have the group dynamics or the psychological hold of his other movies and ventures, but “California Split” is an encouraged between stars Elliot Gould and George Segal and an experienced beginner’s course to several of Altman’s auteur tendencies. Eschewing much of a conventional plot, It is all about the friendship of rookie Bill Denny (Segal) and his mentor Charlie Waters (Gould), a pro. The bond of the two goes deeper over the course of the movie, as Bill grows more addicted and finds himself in problems with rival players and dangerous bookies. Gradually, the rush of the gamble turns into a habit, and Altman becomes less and less concern with addiction and more with the business’ gravitational push and pulls between confused addicts. “California Split” may not be the high of Altman, but it’s definitely a good watch.
The Cooler will offer you an insider look at the gambling and all the steps taken to block it from paying off. It is not about a master gambler, The movie is moved to the opposite end of the fiction. A cooler, in Vegas speech, is a player so ill-fated that even his presence alone can ruin a high roller’s winning streak and turns him into a loser. William H. Macy was playing the role and he was apparently born to inhabit, plays the eponymous Bernie Lootz, who lives a dull and boring life in a low budget motel on the Las Vegas Strip. He was a former gambling addict who works a job at the Shangri-La Casino, where he is responsible for its hard-lined owner Shelly Kaplow, played by Alec Baldwin who gave a brilliant performance. One day he meets a cocktail waitress (Mario Bello), who seems to be Lady Luck incarnate for Bernie the unlucky sod, but the movie is not without some crucial twists and turns along the way. You will see some brilliant acting, It is not a conventional gambling film by any means and establishes itself as a remarkable neon-neo-noir.
Robert Rossen’s “The Hustler,” is a masterpiece and you will see young Paul Newman plays Fast Eddie Felson, a brilliant and arrogant pool shark who risks it all against Minnesota Fats, the best player in the game. After a blazing start, Eddie’s ego gets in his way and the game proceeds for an exhausting 25 hours. Unable to hold his drink, Eddie loses it all and hits rock bottom. After telling Sarah, a disturbed alcoholic, Eddie pulls himself together to try to beat Fats for good. In the movie, the gambler’s soul is presented viscerally by Newman, he paints a perfect and complex image of masculine ego, at fault by the same impulses that leave him raw. It is worth your time by any means.