Wednesday, 9 July 2014

JULY 9, 2014

THE GOOD THIEF (2002) Directed by Neil Jordan ****

An English/French/Irish remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR which is well worth seeking out. The setting changes from the Paris/Deauville setting of the original to Nice/Monte Carlo and the eponymous Bob is now an expatriate American gambler/junkie excellently played by Nick Nolte. The rest of the cast are European. Like all good heist films this one twists and turns until the sting in the tail. For me, a remake of Melville is almost sacrilegious but Jordan pulls it off beautifully and wisely never tries to ape the original. I'm already looking forward to seeing this one again.

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