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2,385 Ratings


Du rififi chez les hommes

Directed by Jules Dassin
France, 1955
Crime, Drama, Thriller


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 Light.

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Rififi Directed by Jules Dassin

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1955 | Winner: Best Director

National Board of Review

1956 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

2000 | Winner: Special Award

The brilliant and rightly heralded heist sequence clocks in at 34 minutes and remains as prime example of Dassin’s full-blooded mastery of pace and studied eye for inventive symbols. The upside-down umbrella, collecting scraps of debris during the heist rather than shielding people from the elements, is a beguiling emblem of the director’s vision of a world out of sync.
January 17, 2014
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Though not made in the US, RIFIFI is possibly the greatest byproduct of the Hollywood blacklist… Today the film is most famous for the riveting heist sequence, a gorgeous and tense half-hour spent breaking into a jewelry store in total silence, the hushed robbers agonizing over the slightest sounds they make.
September 25, 2009
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Rififi moves at an efficient and methodical pace, never wasting a minute as it barrels through the robbery and its bloody aftermath. But beyond the taut mechanics of Dassin’s suspense thriller, the underworld backdrop seeps through with documentary-like clarity, as does the faint but irrepressible glint of compassion that Servais’ brutality never quite snuffs out.
March 29, 2002
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