Director(s)Jules Dassin
Top GenresCrime, Drama, Film Noir, Thriller/Suspense
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Rififi (1955) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Jules Dassin .

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Rififi (1955)

By Carol Martinheira on Feb 20, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Rififi (1955) On February 20, 2016February 20, 2016 By CarolMartinheira If you haven?t seen this one, good news, it?s on Netflix. Not only is it THE greatest heist movie ever, but it?s also one of the greatest movies, of any genre in any language, ever. I?m sure you?ve... Read full article

Do Not Adjust Your Volume: Rififi and the Meditative State of a Heist Scene

By Paul on Jun 28, 2015 From Reel Distracted

Do Not Adjust Your Volume: Rififi and the Meditative State of a Heist Scene 6/28/2015 5 Comments This post is for the "...And Scene!" Blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid. Click here to read all the other memorable scenes covered i... Read full article

Du rififi chez les hommes

By Michael on Dec 2, 2013 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

Du rififi chez les hommes (Jules Dassin, 1955) A band of French gangsters plan a heist to rob for 240 millions of francs worth of jewelries. This pretty film is regarded as widely influential on the French New Wave with its two jump cuts. It also was a clear influence on Stanley Kubrick’s T... Read full article

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The argot French slang word, "Rififi" is defined loosely as trouble/violent conflict/a brutal show of force, usually in reference to chest puffing and macho tough guy posturing by thugs and criminal element of Paris.
The argot slang that the novel was written in was incomprehensible to writer/director Jules Dassin, so much so that he had to have the producer who suggested it, read it to him. The producer initially refused because he had been courting a woman for some time and had "plans" that night. Dassin told him that he'd lost his woman and that he had to come over and read it to him (which he did). When he finally understood the story he claims that he was "shocked" by its content (the story involves necrophilia, amongst other things) and was prepared to tell Henri BĂ©rard that he didn't want to do the film. What changed his mind was his blacklist-induced poverty. He then cut Auguste Le Breton's novel down to a story of a heist (which was only a small element of the actual story). Le Breton was infuriated and came to Dassin and asked, "Where is my book?". Dassin explained the situation to him, but Le Breton ignored him and simply repeated "Where is my book?" until eventually drawing a pistol and placing it on the table as a threat. Dassin claims that the threat of violence over such a matter and the appearance of Le Breton was so ridiculous that he simply broke out with laughter. Le Breton then laughed and the two got along fine, despite the disagreement.
The death of Cesar was not in the original story. Dassin (who himself played the character under the pseudonym, "Perlo Vita") says he added the scene in direct reference to the American blacklist situation (essentially, the terrible cost of the betrayal of friends and colleagues).
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