|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Marie Sabouret /, Marie Sabouret, /, / Jean Servais, / Jean Ser|
|Genres:||Drama - General, World Cinema - French|
|Original title||Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Apr 2003|
|Main languages:||French, Italian, English|
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Highly recommended.By a customer from London , 06 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]RIFIFI - Literally translated as 'rumble' (street fight) is an outstanding noir, crime-thriller from French director Jules Dassin working at the peak of his considerable powers. There is much to recommend, but the central heist, which takes place without any dialogue or music, is one of the finest set pieces in cinema history. A seminal work and must see for any fan of the genre.
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Watched it twice before returning it. Brilliant.By Lisalou (12 reviews) from Aberdeen , 04 May 2012I watched this twice before returning it because I loved it. It made me want to go back in time and walk the streets of Paris. Such an atmospheric film with a great storyline.
Considering it was made in 1954 I think it was a brave film to make.
The interview with Jules which features on the extras on the DVD is also interesting. Especially when you realise that he actually wasn't going to make this film and changed his mind at the last minute and I am so glad that he did.
This was brilliant and thoroughly recommend it.
Don't worry about the subtitles - enjoy the heistBy a customer , 23 Oct 2011Excellent, tense thriller. You can see how this film influnced pretty much every robbery movie subsequently. To cap it all there is that wonderfully dew-eyed performance from the aged lead. Ces't Magnifique...
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Tribute to Jules DassinBy Lotofun (27 reviews) from Maidenhead , 09 Jul 2011Absolute classic.
I must confess to a love of black and white films,particularly of this period. This film is a cracker. Dialogue,only when required,certainly not when the tension is building up, and, -----silence-----. When first seen in the cinema you couldn`t hear a whisper, nor was there music to be heard in certain critical scenes. You felt you were being pulled into the room with them,almost becoming one of the participants. I would rate this film along with 'The Wages of Fear' another French classic. Hollywood blockbusters just can`t compete with this type of wonderful,thoughtful film. I remember the witch hunts in Hollywood and stupidity of it all. Culminating in the loss of some of the best talent,one of whom is Jules Dassin. He could never have made this film in Hollywood,why,because they didn`t deserve him.
Rififi ReviewBy Gibbon (17 reviews) from London , 04 Jun 2011If for no other reason than the 30 minute scene with no dialogue this film is a thing of beauty.
I might well have gotten carried away with it being French but I find it difficult to fault.
C'est Bon!By Samoza (227 reviews) from Reading , 14 Mar 2011If I could travel back in time 15 years and tell a younger version of myself that I would love watching a French 1950s film noir I would not only cause a rip in the space/time continuum, but I would also have probably laughed at the fat bald man who claimed to be me. However, this is the case as Rififi deserves it place as a noir classic in every way. Tony is a con just out of jail and rather than turning to a path of righteousness, he decides to take on one last big score so that he can retire a rich man. With the aid of some friends he plans an audacious bid to rob a jeweller by digging through the floor of the flat above. Can Tonys plan work, or will his rich pickings make him a mark for both the police and every other criminal in town?
Rififi is an incredibly rich crime noir and was to blame for some great film clichés; of course they were not clichés on the films release. The centrepiece of the film is a masterful scene were the gang break into a jewellers as quietly as possible. Director Jules Dassin, working in France after being marked a Communist, plays the scene straight with no music just 4 professional criminals doing a job. The way the film plots the organisation, undertaking and fallout of the heist is as fresh today as it was 60 years ago, and the imagery and ideas have been reused countless times since.
The film is in French, so subtitles are on offer. Personally, I found that this added to the noir aspects of the film. The very concept of Rififi is explained in a song during the film; bizarre, but in perfect keeping with the feel of the film. Tony is not a nice man, but he is a perfect antihero for the film, he is bad, but others are worst. The film climaxes in some great action sequences as matters unravel. A masterpiece of noir cinema, so good that criminals reportedly used the techniques from the film in there own work if that is not a good review, I dont know what is!