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["Rififi"] ...means Trouble!
Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony le Stéphanois, Carl Möhner as Jo le Suédois, Robert Manuel as Mario Farrati, and Jules Dassin as César le Milanais. The foursome 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. The fictional burglary has been mimicked by criminals in actual crimes around the world.
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…
I'm a big fan of heist movies and film noir in general, so I was bound to like Rififi. I'd always heard of it's "masterpiece, best ever film noir heist movie ever" status - and while I didn't love it that much, it's still a great film all around. The main focus point when talking about Rififi is the heist sequence - around 30 minutes of no dialogue or music, just a meticulous, tense, and carefully planned jewel heist. It's likely the best "heist scene" I've seen, and probably one of cinema's most memorable moments. The camerawork and direction really shine in this area. And despite a fairly weak beginning, that heist scene - and everything that comes after - is top caliber filmmaking. The denouement at the under-construction house and Tony's final drive really cap off this cynical and entertaining film. I'm glad I finally got around to this one.
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…
Can't say why I put this one off, but so glad I finally took it in. The movie was pretty run of the mill heist stuff until about the half way point of the film. The performance scene (in a cabaret club) with the shadowy man in the background is where this film became something special for me. The shadow man lighting a cigarette with a gun sucked me right in.
During the actual heist I was reminded of The Ladykillers (original version, not the Coen brothers remake). When the heist goes off in that film, there is a heavy silence on the soundtrack - if I remember correctly there is the slight sound of breathing and slight background noise.…
That Rififi was a classic, I clearly was aware of, but just how great it was, and how much of it that can be seen later in other great classics, I did not know.
The echoes of Rififi can be found in many great classics throughout time. From Kubrick's "The Killing" in the 60's to Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" in the early 90's you can trace their source for inspiration. They both owe something to John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" from 1950, which Rififi is said to be inspired by, but which I have not seen myself.
For me, the most fascinating scene in Rififi is, as you may have guessed, the precise planning and careful and silent execution of the…
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Absolutely superb film noir heist classic.
Mainly known for its masterful heist scene, Rififi explores the Paris underground brutally, completely disintegrating the line between hero and villain. Police play a minimal role, and justice is swift and brutal, with both 'sides' performing executions, beatings, and thefts of equal magnitude.
Beautifully shot in a typical noir style, the film takes a notable deviation from the moody shadows when it shows Jo's apartment- white, pure, like a TV show from the era. Rififi is an often forgotten noir classic, not just for the stunning silence of the heist, but for its compelling and raw story that seems to play with our expectations for a noir film.
Superb. A tight, tense heist drama that in its last minutes reaches an almost surrealist intensity. It has several stylistic threads on the go simultaneously: tipping the hat to the American film noir of the early 1950s, with short, clipped scenes and a constant forward narrative momentum; and at the same time anticipating the nouvelle vague, with its sense of knowing quotation and formal experimentation. Somehow, this doesn't seem forced, even as the characters call each other by American-sounding names like 'Tony' and 'Joe'. Paris in the wintertime is another character that gradually comes into focus, and it is distractingly beautiful. While I was watching, I asked myself how rarely we see the city like this in movies, in its own way echoing the rainswept mean streets of 1940s New York. Instead of Yellow Cabs and big black Cadillacs, we have Citroens on wet cobbles. And Jean Servais has a face with as much character as the city itself.
The lead up to and the actual heist scene make this film....and it doesn't hurt that the black and white looks beautiful.
A classic French noir thriller.4 members plan an impossible theft.There is a femme fatale as well.The highlight of the film is an intricate half hour heist scene where the execution takes place without dialogues or music in silence.However do things go as planned?There are some people to deal with as well.Watch it to find out as it leads to an explosive climax(2nd half).Some great performances especially by the lead who plays Tony,even the director himself has a role in it playing Cesar.
Such movies are rare to find,watch it soon,highly recommended.
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes.
It's a brilliant film-noir heist movie with an incredible 20-30 minute, scriptless passage during the heist scenes. The lack of voices & music in these scenes adds to the incredible tension - & unlike most heist movies this supposed climax to the film actually occurs in the 2nd act...there's still a lot more of the film to watch following it!
The heist scene was pretty freaking cool. The rest of the film- decent. The acting is uniformly solid, and the story is interesting, even if it doesn't necessarily explore new territory (for the time period or otherwise). The ending was pretty exciting and twisty. All in all, a solid film.
Sensacional película. Te atrapa. La escena del robo a la joyería es casi ballet. Coreografía cinematográfica. Violenta y libre.
The perfect caper movie.
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