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["Rififi"] ...means Trouble!
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 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.
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.
"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.
Fantastic film noir, very thrilling and often brutal for its time. The wordless 35 minute heist segment is totally amazing.
The extended heist sequence, encompassing over 30 minutes of near silence is a masterpiece of filmmaking. So much is communicated in the few sounds that escape the crack team's attempts to muffle their efforts: a piano key mistakenly hit; the rain of plaster down on to a table; an electric drill before it is wrapped in a towel. In the absence of dialogue, the physical tension is deafening. Sweat beads down Tony's nose, and collects on the back of Jo's shirt before he collapses on a chair in exhaustion. Their moves are swift and efficient: this is the work of a highly skilled group of professionals. Dassin shows himself to be quite the professional too, orchestrating this extended sequence with…
This excellent heist film never loses its fascination.
Just as spectacular as I remember. A transcendent experience; Entertaining, sexy, sophisticated. It's truly a pleasure to watch
I love heist films and this one is a good one. The third act keeps you in total suspense as the thieves are close to getting caught.
The best heist film ever made?
Simply the best heist movie of all time and among my all time greatest.
A 30 minutes long heist scene with no music, no dialouge, no sounds whatsoever. Isn't that crazy? It might be, but Jules Dassin pulls it off with style and tension, you've never seen before. It is one of the best scenes in cinema history and it'll still effect you long after the credits rolled.
But wait there's more! Characters, Story, beautiful editing and cinematography. Just check it out. You won't regret it.
Thus it is within my top ten of favourite movies.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…