After making such American noir classics as The Naked City and Brute Force, blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on a tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in the City of Lights.
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1950s misogyny: The "hero" of the film makes a woman take off her clothes and then he beats her with a belt, leaving scars. The audience is led to believe that she deserved it. In another scene, a hat check girl is manhandled gratuitously, and seems to enjoy that. Whenever a woman appears onscreen, it is only as a prop. Too mid-century Hollywood-ish for my taste, but the last scene is tremendous and very memorable.
comparable to jean-pierre melville's le doulos and bob le flambeur (his two best films) if not even better. jules dassin was a hard-boiled director when he wanted to be, and this film (as brute force, the night and the city, celuit qui doit mourir and many others) proves it better than anything.
Classic French film noir remains one of the best and most influential heist movies ever made - most famous for its intense, dialogue- and music-less 32-minute robbery scene. Masterfully and stylishly crafted by director Jules Dassin, with a sharp script and a top-notch cast. A true classic.
Of all the great heist films (The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, Le Cercle Rouge, etc.), Rififi remains the benchmark. Perhaps because it was made in France, away from censors, Dassin was allowed to mark a noir that was grimmer and bleaker than almost anything else produced during this era in Hollywood. A classic, with a heist scene that remains legendary to this day.
What's interesting in RIFIFI is what differentiates it from the American Film Noir production of that time. Sex scenes for instance; did you notice that Ida Ferrati is most of the time half-naked ? No ? I did. Innovative ideas like the 30 minutes silent heist or a smart concern for the details (I know now how to open a safe with a can opener and I'm happy). Highly recommended.
Expatriate filmmaker Jules Dassin pulls off a paris style noir masterpiece. Starring a great world-weary french Bogey Jean Servais. full of all my beloved noir keys, darkness, gloomy atmospheres, losers without a dime but with everything at stake, a well planned but ultimately gone wrong heist and the unavoidable disastrous destiny knocking on everybody's door. suspenseful, deep and utterly compelling.