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Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony (Jean Servais) turns down a quick job his friend Jo (Carl Mohner) offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici) during Tony's absence. Expanding a minor smash-and-grab into a full-scale jewel heist, Tony and his crew appear to get away clean, but their actions after the job is completed threaten the lives of everyone involved.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #30
A spectacular 32 minute (dialogue and music free) heist scene that not only influenced filmmakers it inspired thieves worldwide whom successfully implemented similar tactics shown in the film!
The meticulous details involving the disarming of the alarm during the preparatory rehearsal for the heist was equally amazing! Little did the director know his keen eye and attention to details would end up being a blueprint for Rififi inclined individuals to commit robberies!
If you are serious about heist films or film noir this is an absolute MUST SEE! When it comes to heist films and nerve wracking suspense Jules Dassin has mad skills! I've seen quite a few gangster flicks and have never seen one that…
I give kudos to any film that can pull off a substantial amount of time without dialogue: WALL-E, There Will Be Blood, 3-Iron, but Rififi takes the cake. A full half-hour with no dialogue and no music, and it is one of the most suspenseful scenes I've ever seen.
When people say Rififi is the best bank heist film, they mean it. Everything about this film is perfect. Jean Servais, a famous French actor who had not worked in years is perfect as Tony le Stéphanois, a strong quiet man who just got out of jail and is lured into another heist. He's highly respected among his peers because of his loyalty, his wits, his attention to detail, but more…
For a job with you, he'll come.
One of the most fascinating things about Rififi is the fact that it was Jules Dassin's first film in 5 years since being blacklisted in Hollywood as US Studios made it hard for him to even get directing work in Europe. Here he finally gets in the director's chair again in France and hammers out a damn masterpiece while Hollywood still refused to let him work.
The heist film. The set up is familiar because it's been redone umpteenth times since and is still being done today, and will be done again tomorrow. Here though it is perfection. We're introduced to the many different elements of the story, a heist is…
Here's a fact: I don't like Heist movies. Yeah, they could be fun to watch sometimes. But all that planning to steal the you-know-what, executing it with 'style' with a few punch-lines thrown in has been recycled by God knows how many movies. For starters, I wanna clarify I find Reservoir Dogs ridiculously overrated. If you count Inception as a Heist movie, it was my favorite movie of that genre so far. Ocean's Eleven is probably a close second due it is laugh-out-loud moments and sexy editing but by the end of the day, it's still forgettable in my universe.
When I came across Rififi (Or the sexier French title Du Rififi Chez les Hommes), I learned how 'influential' this…
A classy crime drama, full of suspense, shadows and technical prowess. The intricate half an hour jewellery store heist alone deserves applause, but everything around it is also beautifully scripted and performed.
A must see.
"There's not a safe that can resist Cesar and not a woman that Cesar can resist"
The granddaddy of Heist Movies.The masterstroke is the main heist itself which is 30 minutes of pure unadulterated realism..Meticulous,tense and riveting.it's worth watching just for that alone.
Superb crime thriller. Classy, sharp, cool and precise. A true gem.
Do you like heist movies? Do you like realistic half hour robbery sequences without nary a single whisper of dialogue? Then you will love Rififi.
Rififi is the crown jewel (no pun intended) of the Heist genre, the aforementioned thirty minute robbery sequence was a huge inspiration on Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge as there's a similar scene in that film as well.
Rififi may also be more well known as the film that Andrew Neyman goes to see at the theatre with his dad in Whiplash, There's a later scene in the film where Andrew Neyman gets into a car crash and there is a similar scene that happens right near the end of this film.
Rififi holds up as one of the best films of the heist genre, you can't help but be captivated as they try to figure out a way to disable the alarm and of course during the robbery scene
Rififi is often regarded as the greatest of heist thrillers and a true original within the genre. It is definitely an exciting and wholly original take on the genre, and a take that has been mimicked and parodied since this film's debut. The film follows the assemblage of a team, their jewel store robbery, and their struggle to hold on to their earnings. The heist scene is truly iconic, and like Le Circle Rouge (another French heist thriller) is almost entirely silent for the duration of the robbery. Because of this a great sense of tensions is built. However, unlike Le Circle Rouge, I didn't feel an emotional connection with the characters. We learn of their past, but it doesn't seem enough. That being said, this was a great and tense watch. It is masterfully made, beautiful to look at, and was compelling.
One of the most influential crime films ever made, Jules Dassin's Rififi remains among the very best the genre has to offer. It's only fitting that after being blacklisted from Hollywood, American director Dassin would end up going to France in order to deliver a stunner that ranks with the noir classics made in the States in the decade prior. Countless offerings have been made in its wake, but few manage to possess the intricate attention to detail and gripping storytelling that make up this hard tale of four men pulling off the perfect heist. It's a standard concept, and the dominoes falling aftermath of one human mistake costing them all and forcing the audience to watch as each men…
Rififi is considered amongst the greatest heist-movies ever made, and in my eyes there' no doubt the French managed to take the early efforts of Huston, and elevate the genre into something larger and more enjoyable. In my eyes it's still the once intended director, Jean-Pierre Melville, that later crowned it all. Still. No-one in their right mind would take away credit from Dassin for setting the bar here.
There are two elements to this movie that truly stands out above all; the cellar-planning and the heist it self. Both can go toe to toe with just about anything the genre ever came to, and for those scenes…
Though I'd probably heard of it before, Rififi really came to my attention back in January after watching John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle. I remember reading about how that Huston film was a big inspiration on a number of subsequent heist films, including the French classic Rififi. Classic heist film is really all I needed, and sure enough, this film is awesome. The story is simply one of four ex-thieves coming together to plan a score, executing that score, and the aftermath. It's a simple premise which has been done many times after, and does indeed borrow from the aforementioned John Huston film. So what makes Rififi so great? Damn fine execution. Despite working on a low-budget, director Jules Dassin…
Review In A Nutshell:
Rififi sets itself out to be more than just a heist film, its threats attempts to become more grounded and identifiable in its latter half, an envious gangster who wants to see our protagonist beaten and steal his earned reward; but this is where the film began to fall apart as it spends a large amount of times with these characters, and neither the protagonists or antagonists are refined enough for me to be compelled by their decisions and the risks that come with it. If the film kept its focus on the heist itself, then this would have no doubt been a…
When I went to see Whiplash (2014) a while back, the main character was watching this film with his dad. I immediately wanted to see it again, of course.
Well, I still can't decide whether I like this better than Le Cercle Rouge (1970) or not... Happy problem I have... :)
Good Noir. Overlong, but I'm not sure what should have been cut.
If you are a fan of the genre, this has to be on the list of movies to watch. Much better, in my opinion, than Dassin's more well known "Night and the City".