Rififi

Rififi

DVD - 2001 | French
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After an elaborate jewelry heist, a rival gangster attempts to get the loot through murder, kidnapping, and torture.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection/Janus Films, 2001
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780780023963
078002396X
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE RIFI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Jules Dassin's Rififi

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mMat
Apr 01, 2019

The mystical quality of this French★ganGster film, an adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel, shows the great direction of Jules Dassin.
Four men band together to commit an almost-★-impossible theft. The crime is carried out in silence; then things begin to go wrong..

make Television★ explode again
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scout3
Mar 23, 2019

Wonderful black and white film noir. Also loved the soundtrack. They do not make them like this anymore.
Classic!

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DUVIDL
Jan 31, 2019

I think I know "AKIRAKATO"`s problem: He/She is copying the habit of too many movies-on-T.V. review book that (like too many reviews of THE THIN MAN that gives away the secret of the Clyde Wynant character),in an attempt to sound 'with it', 'trash it'! Forgive him/her, folks - he/she knows not what he/she do! The worst thing about this habit is, if they don't get it right and spoil it for the rest of us, They Get It WRONG And Really Screw Things Up ( since the MISINFORMATION is what everybody starts copying from each other!)

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lukasevansherman
Aug 28, 2018

Possibly the greatest heist film ever made, directed by American in exile Jules Dassin.

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ManMachine
Jun 14, 2018

The word "rififi" is a French, military term meaning "combat zone". Following its frequent use during WW2 it soon became used as slang, referring to a "rumble or conflict amongst men". And, yes, in this here 1955 movie there is certainly plenty of conflict going on. Indeed.

Filmed in b&w - This 63-year-old, low-budget, French crime-drama had its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments. Personally, I think that there were some really bad choices made in the casting of Rififi's six main characters.

Set in Paris, France - This film's significance in movie-making history marks it as director, Jules Dassin's first foreign film following his blacklisting (and the ruin of his career) in Hollywood.

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Ifrit
Jul 14, 2017

Classics are classics for a reason. In 1955, Jules Dassin gave us the blueprint for what is arguably THE classic heist movie, despite one reviewer's suggestion that the film be "speeded up and recreated in the editting [sic] room to become a masterpiece." Perhaps he thinks the 2014 publication date of this Criterion Collection release was the original release date of the film? For his thesis as a film student, perhaps he could take on the assignment. Maybe add some edgy hip-hop to the safe-cracking scene? Yeah, that's the ticket. He could call his version "Covfefe!" I'd watch that! (I'd also suggest an alternate for his viewing pleasure if he likes his movies speedy - the excellent "Run Lola Run" should satisfy his desire for speed and modernity, and it's definitely a masterpiece. In fact, Ima go watch that again - it's been too long.)

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fmonnelly
Jul 11, 2017

A must see if you like thrillers, Paris, black and white films, and men in suits.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 07, 2016

A fast-paced crime thriller that pits petty jewel thieves against Mafia-style gangsters. The thieves demonstrate how to carry off the 'perfect' crime - but fall victim to indiscretions with their girlfriends. The black-and-white cinematography of the Parisian cityscape is often used to subtly create an appropriate mood. Does the youngster 'shooting' the toy gun in the careening car, at the closing act of the movie, say that "as father, like son"? Curiously the dubbed English voices are a sanitized version of the English subtitles.

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Monolith
Dec 27, 2015

I agree with another's comment of the appeal of the actual heist done in silence. No score, no dialogue... succeeds in intensifying the scene's tension.

FER385 Jul 21, 2015

I agree with the comment left here by "empbee": What in the world was going through the mind of "Akirakato" when she/he left her/his comment here, which related the ENTIRE PLOT OF THIS FILM, INDETAIL, INCLUDING THE ENDING?! Why would anyone do that, and spoil the movie for everyone else? Since I read the "Akirakato" comment, I guess now I probably don't need to rent the DVD that I had been looking forward to viewing. Why would I need to see a suspenseful heist film since "Akirakato" removed the suspense aspect with her/his comment? Why would anyone want to write every detail of ANY film in their comment, and spoil the movie for everyone else?!

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