(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 Magali Noël appear as a cabaret singer (and perform the title song).
Directed by Jules Dassin
Cinematography by Philippe Agostini
Music by Georges Auric
Production Design by Alexandre Trauner
Costume Design by Rosine Delamare
Film Editing by Roger Dwyre