On Fridays we watch film noir: Rififi (1955)


François Truffaut said this was the best noir he had ever seen. This masterpiece of French cinema was made by Jules Dassin after he had been blacklisted in the US and out of work for years. The plot deals with four gangsters planning the perfect heist on a jewellers in Paris. In spite of a flawlessly executed crime, human weakness will betray them. Justly famous for the 28 minute heist scene with no dialogue which notches up the tension to an unbearable level, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into the clubs and dark alleys of ’50s Paris.
It’s gritty and tough and everything a crime film should be.



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