Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
That heist. That fucking heist. Jaw on the floor.
Rififi is basically an American gangster movie transposed to France, despite the language difference and the occassional shots of the Arc de Triomphe etc. the film feels far more American than it does French, perhaps because the director Jules Dassin was a blacklisted (i.e. communist) American, exiled to France. Rififi is a pretty good film throughout, with lots of excellent scenes, if over all perhaps a bit too melodramatic, but what makes it much more interesting is the heist sequence in the middle, over thirty minutes of memorizing, suspenseful activity, without a single word of dialogue spoken... A few years earlier Russell Rouse had made a film The Thief without any dialogue at all and undoubtedly Rififi is reminiscent of that, but whereas The Thief isn't entirely successful and rather too much of a gimmick, Rififi pulls it's silent sequence off to perfection.
The half an hour long dialogue-less heist scene is absolutely brilliant. The rest is also really great, although I was more interested in the story prior to the heist than after it.
I've been looking forward to watching Jules Dassin's Rififi for quite some time. Unfortunately it ended up as a bit of a disappointment. Obviously I did like the film, but I couldn't help but expect more. The famous heist scene didn't disappoint me though. It was fantastic! 32 minutes with no music or dialogue, but it was incredibly intense and exhilarating. The rest of the film (which did have some other great moments) just couldn't live up to that portion of the film though. I'm sure I'll like it better on a second viewing though. 7.5/10
Rififi deserves to be on the Top 1,000, and it is. Last week I was talking about how weird and exciting when you hear or see something in a film from the black and white era. Rififi had nipples. The ending is great too.
Cesar is played by director Dassin...
Quite possibly my favorite heist film of all-time and Jules Dassin's cinematic masterpiece. Any director that can pull off a dead silent 30+ minute heist scene that manages to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time deserves your attention and should be universally praised by everyone who watches film. When it comes to heist films it doesn't get better than this gem right here, a must watch in every sense!
Captivating French crime film from 1955. Daring and brutish, featuring many elements that would never have appeared in an American film made at that time. France and the 50s make a great scenic combination; based on these elements alone it was quite enjoyable. I consider it a bonus that the story was well told, with one 40-minute scene with no music or dialogue. Way out there for 1955. Meow meow~
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)