Rififi (Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes)

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(out of 5)


One of the best heist movies ever made, even director Jules Dassin wasn’t able to repeat it as effectively when he made another similarly-themed movie ten years later with Topkapi.  Jean Servais leads a band of roughly assembled thieves who all conspire to pull off a huge jewelry heist. What really sells the whole thing is the fabulous centrepiece of the production, a near-twenty-minute sequence that is practically silent and shows the unfolding of the job step by step. Padding it out beautifully are the fascinating character interactions and the added joy of watching appear as a cabaret singer (and perform the title song).


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France, 1955

Directed by

Screenplay by Jules Dassin, dialogue by , in collaboration with , based on the novel Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes by Auguste Le Breton

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1955

The Criterion Collection


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National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Director (Jules Dassin) (tie)


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