Cinema: The BEST OF 1982: Cinema

Bob le Flambeur. Trench coats, neon lights, rain-washed streets. And a man of honor in a world of thieves. French Writer-Director Jean-Pierre Melville's drama of a gambler down on his luck took 27 years to arrive in the U.S.; it is a classic example of the dark, doom-dripping genre known as film noir.

Diner. The not quite coming of age of five guys in Baltimore back in the 1950s. Nothing much happens—except the dawning realization that, in these lives, nothing much will ever happen. Writer-Director Barry Levinson found saving good humor in this landscape of...

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