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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.
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…
"Five years in the pen marks a man."
Bullets don't kill people, long prison sentences do.
It's entirely impossible to talk about Rififi without reckoning with its central heist scene. Tony le Stéphanois (Jean Servais) is a career criminal recently released from his commuted jail term (for good behavior), and his friends on the outside convince him to participate in (and essentially engineer) a bank robbery. What follows is without doubt the single greatest heist scene in any movie I've ever seen. It clocks in at about half an hour long, and it plays out completely without dialogue. Following the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, "visual storytelling" has become a popular buzzword, but there's nothing that better describes the…
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…
A tragedy! And a famous heist scene. Very methodical, almost felt like a tutorial. Check your watch often and remember, not too loud now. Always keep an eye on the time, keep an eye on the schedule. No words needed, only the periodic clank clank clank. It's like Thief, it reminds me of Un Flic. I guess Rififi is the mother of them all, Dassin's out there setting standards for crime films despite being blacklisted by Hollywood. Ending was superb and climactic. Classy, thrilling french noir.
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.
فلم نوار فرنسي يستحق العلامة الكاملة بجدارة. اذا تبحث عن عمل عصابي وسرقة محترفة هذا بالتأكيد واحد من افضلها ان لم يكن الافضل على الاطلاق. عجوز فرنسي خبير ومحترف يخرج للتو من السجن وبعد مشاكل مع عشيقته التي هجرته يقرر الانظمام الى اصدقائه لاتمام اكبر عملية سرقة في باريس! عمل واقعي واحترافي لدرجة الكمال. سيناريو رائع وتسلسل احداث مشوّق ومثير. مشهد النهاية بليغ جدا.
This is great.
I don’t care what flick we see so long as it’s got rififi♫
One of the best heist/crime/thriller I have watched my entire life (not an understatement).
Directed by blacklisted American director, Jules Dassin, in 1955 this French film is a masterpiece. I don't throw that term around lightly. It's gritty realism is just as powerful today as it was more than a half century ago and the pivotal crime scene in the film is depicted in real time, with no music or dialogue. You can see it's influence in Michael Mann's Heat and other crime dramas. Magnificent.
Somehow I was led to believe that the entire last act was going to be the heist, but it's way shorter than I had anticipated. The heist itself is pure procedural boner inducing material and I was hard for the entirety of it. Loved the aftermath once the shit hit the fan.
My personal favourite heist movie.
Many of today's heists in film are the inevitable yet only climax. While the robbery in Rififi is one of the best scenes in cinema history, it's not necessarily the peak of drama; the war between the gangs, the kidnapping plus the road to salvation is as gripping as the infamous heist.
Notwithstanding when you talk about Rififi you have to mention its glorious, ingenious, suspense-packed, almost silent, perfectly executed (before and behind the camera), influential, magnificent heist scene. Jules Dassin's stroke of genius and gift to the cinema: Rififi.
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I mean, this was pretty good. I don't know why rating it higher than 7 seems phony to me, but it does. I still recommend it. I guess I just found it kinda boring and hard to get through, I hate to say. It may have been my fault, though. I'm having a hard time keeping my focus on movies lately. I liked Mario. I liked the lead. The villains were alright; I really wanted to see that last guy die. I dunno, maybe it was just too straightforward. I wasn't really surprised or enthralled by anything that happened. For some reason I really liked the scene where the lead first meets with Jo in the cafe and they discuss…
Rififi is a golden standard heist picture, a Hitchcock/Melville crossbreed of such precision and craft, and one that has not aged a minute in the 60+ years since its debut. Most impressive is the heist itself, a near-30 minute silent event that is just riveting.
A true marvel of cinema.
Incredible. Absolutely incredible.
It's rare that a movie can hold up this well over half a century after it initially came out. But goddamn, this movie is golden standard.