(Du rififi chez les hommes)
April 29–July 19, 2020
The best of all heist movies.Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Jules Dassin,
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Organized around a painstakingly plotted, brilliantly executed heist, Rififi inspired innumerable crime films and even a few actual crimes. Out of prison and out of cash, Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais) joins an international band of burglars to organize, rehearse, and implement an ingenious plan to rob the safe of a Parisian jewelry store. The film documents their work in detail, culminating in an enthralling break-in sequence that plays out in near silence, with only chisels, drills, and scraping metal for a soundtrack. The suspense is exhilarating, but with an undertow of brutality, and the plot veers toward tragedy as the thieves’ professionalism is undone by their desires and personal ties. Blacklisted American director Jules Dassin (who also plays Cesar the safecracker, under the pseudonym Perlo Vita) won the Best Director prize at Cannes for this work that François Truffaut called “the best film noir I’ve ever seen.”
- Jules Dassin
- René Wheeler
- Auguste Le Breton
the novel by Auguste Le Breton
- Philippe Agostini
- with English subtitles
- Digital streaming
- 118 mins
- Rialto Pictures
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Rififi (flyer), New Yorker Films, 2000
Du rififi chez les hommes (program note), Toronto Film Society, Barry Chapman, 1980
Du rififi chez les hommes (Rififi) (program note), Toronto Film Society, 1980
Rififi (program), College of William and Mary. Festival Film Society, D.P., 1968
Terse melodrama in French 'Rififi' (review), New York World-Telegram, Alton Cook, 1956
'Rififi,' saga of gem heist, is a jewel (review), New York Daily Mirror, Justin Gilbert, 1955
Rififi (program note)
Jean-Pierre Melville in context (program note), Chris Peachment
Rififi (exhibitor manual), Donald L. Velde Enterprises
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