This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
["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 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.
So ahead of its time. Masterful.
Some films need to be experienced.
RIFIFI is, hands down, the best heist film I've ever seen. I know this sounds like hyperbole, but once you've seen it you know it is true.
Dassen tells the story of four men setting out to commit a jewelry heist and it involves all the familiar tropes, the down on his luck leader trying to prove he is still vital, the planning, the crackerjack timing and the series of events that lead to their downfall. The thing is this (along with BOB LE FLAMBEUR) did it first. The film is gritty, realistic and dark, but never in a way that fells overwhelming. You care about these men and their fates, but they are not sensationalized as "good guys". These…
A lot has been made about the heist sequence, and deservedly so. That dialogue-free thirty-minute stretch is as riveting as any scene you'll find. The painstaking level of detail, the sound-editing, the visual storytelling, the body language and facial expressions of the perspiring performers -- everything about that sequence is the epitome of cinematic excellence. I didn't think it was possible to top the heist sequence in Le Cercle Rouge, but Rififi has it beat. However, this film is so much more than one famed sequence. All three acts -- the preparation, the heist, the ensuing fallout -- are incredible, and the stakes and the level of danger steadily increase throughout the running time.
Rififi feels darker and more cynical…
If you're like me, this is the best gangster movie you've never seen and don't even know it. Going to watch this one again, before too long.
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...
Now THAT is how you make a heist movie!
impressively executed... although i'd probably enjoy it much more if i could tell apart the main characters.
the 30 minute heist scene in this film is on a league of its own entirely
If this was only the heist sequence, it would be worth five stars. It isn't, so it doesn't. The heist is taut. Everything around it is typically thriller fare.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…