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Possibly the greatest heist film ever made, directed by American in exile Jules Dassin.
The word "rififi" is a French, military term meaning "combat zone". Following its frequent use during WW2 it soon became used as slang, referring to a "rumble or conflict amongst men". And, yes, in this here 1955 movie there is certainly plenty of conflict going on. Indeed.
Filmed in b&w - This 63-year-old, low-budget, French crime-drama had its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments. Personally, I think that there were some really bad choices made in the casting of Rififi's six main characters.
Set in Paris, France - This film's significance in movie-making history marks it as director, Jules Dassin's first foreign film following his blacklisting (and the ruin of his career) in Hollywood.
Classics are classics for a reason. In 1955, Jules Dassin gave us the blueprint for what is arguably THE classic heist movie, despite one reviewer's suggestion that the film be "speeded up and recreated in the editting [sic] room to become a masterpiece." Perhaps he thinks the 2014 publication date of this Criterion Collection release was the original release date of the film? For his thesis as a film student, perhaps he could take on the assignment. Maybe add some edgy hip-hop to the safe-cracking scene? Yeah, that's the ticket. He could call his version "Covfefe!" I'd watch that! (I'd also suggest an alternate for his viewing pleasure if he likes his movies speedy - the excellent "Run Lola Run" should satisfy his desire for speed and modernity, and it's definitely a masterpiece. In fact, Ima go watch that again - it's been too long.)
A must see if you like thrillers, Paris, black and white films, and men in suits.
A fast-paced crime thriller that pits petty jewel thieves against Mafia-style gangsters. The thieves demonstrate how to carry off the 'perfect' crime - but fall victim to indiscretions with their girlfriends. The black-and-white cinematography of the Parisian cityscape is often used to subtly create an appropriate mood. Does the youngster 'shooting' the toy gun in the careening car, at the closing act of the movie, say that "as father, like son"? Curiously the dubbed English voices are a sanitized version of the English subtitles.
I agree with another's comment of the appeal of the actual heist done in silence. No score, no dialogue... succeeds in intensifying the scene's tension.
I agree with the comment left here by "empbee": What in the world was going through the mind of "Akirakato" when she/he left her/his comment here, which related the ENTIRE PLOT OF THIS FILM, INDETAIL, INCLUDING THE ENDING?! Why would anyone do that, and spoil the movie for everyone else? Since I read the "Akirakato" comment, I guess now I probably don't need to rent the DVD that I had been looking forward to viewing. Why would I need to see a suspenseful heist film since "Akirakato" removed the suspense aspect with her/his comment? Why would anyone want to write every detail of ANY film in their comment, and spoil the movie for everyone else?!
This is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name.
Four men band together to commit an almost impossible theft---the burglary of an exclusive jewelry shop on the Rue de Rivoli.
The centerpiece of the film is an intricate half-hour heist scene depicting the crime in detail, shot in near silence, without dialogue or music.
They successfully get some million-dollar-worth jewelry, but a gang war ensues.
Tony, the cold-bloody gang leader, kills the enemy-gang members one by one.
In due course, he is fatally shot.
At the end, however, he delivers a kidnapped five-year-old boy to his worrying mother, which is the only cheerful aspect among all the crime and bloody scenes.
Excellent - still. A classic.
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