Rififi (1955)

Du rififi chez les hommes (French title)
Dir. Jules Dassin
Starring: Tony Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Jules Dassin, etc.
115 minutes
(Roger Ebert)

Should You See This?
I wouldn’t say, “you should see this film,” but this is a good film, totally accessible. One of the first things that come to mind when I think about the film is how well-composed it is. There is very little wasted celluloid–every scene seems to have a purpose–and the logic and pacing is spot on. This is not flashy or stylish directing, but direction that totally serves the story. (The direction reminds me Wes Craven’s work on Red Eye.)

There’s another reason to see the film, but I would have to give away the type of film it is: this could very well be the best heist film of all time, and may have influenced the heist films after it. (For that reason, the film could deserve making a top 100 list.)

I also liked Tony Cervais in this film, who reminded me of Phillip Baker Hall in Hard Eight.

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