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Criterion Collection: Rififi [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean Servais , Carl Möhner , Jules Dassin    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Pierre Grasset
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Writers: Jules Dassin, Auguste Le Breton, René Wheeler
  • Producers: Henri Bérard, Pierre Cabaud, René Bezard
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A8TX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


French crime thriller from the 1950s in the Criterion series.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Noir to leave you "a bout de souffle" 7 May 2003
"Rififi" has been long-awaited as a Region 2 DVD release, and the wait is well worth it. P>The plot is the classic "retired master criminal plans one last job" one; but "Rififi" has things going for it. there are the production values: the real locations, the luminous black-and-white photography (deliberately done on grey winter's days to get the atmosphere just right), . You will not notice the passage of time whilst you wait on the edge of your seat for this to go horribly wrong.
Secondly, there is the snapshot the film gives us of 1950s Paris - grimy cafes, cobbled streets, coffee so strong you could stand a spoon up in it and the only thing missing is the pungent whiff of Gauloises or Disque Bleu. In short, probably my DVD of the year!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Place tough guys into something like a Greek tragedy, put things under the control of a great director, and you may come up with a movie as excellent and nerve-wracking as Jules Dassin's Rififi. This is the grandaddy of all modern white-knuckle heist movies, with it's famous 32-minute silent break-in and safe-cracking. Few movies since have even come close to the original.

Tony le Stephanois (Jean Servais) is a middle-aged, weary, hard-boiled crook. He accepts a code that includes murder for squealers. He's just served five years in prison because he wouldn't squeal on Jo le Suedois (Carl Mohner). Suedois is almost like Tony's son. Jo is a big, tough, good looking guy. He's just as much a crook as Tony, but he's a family man, too, with a small son he's named Tonio. Tony is Tonio's godfather. Mario Feratti (Robert Manuel) is a happy, good-natured crook who is always on the lookout for a big score. Caesar le Milanais (Jules Dassin, using the name Perlo Vita) is an Italian safe cracker, something of a dandy with a weakness for lush women. The four of them pool their talents to break into Mappin et Webb, an exclusive jewelry store in the heart of Paris.

Think of the movie as a three-part journey that first takes us into Tony's and Jo's milieu, then leads us step by step through the break-in and robbery, and finally let's us see what happens because of one foolish mistake.

We get to know the four men, especially Tony and Jo. These guys are hard men. As we see them sort through whether or not they can actually do the robbery, we come to like them in a way. Especially with Tony, we recognize a weary man, stoic, broke, now looked down upon by others and two-timed while in prison by his girl with a rival who owns a nightclub.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb film and a superb blu ray 13 Aug 2011
By Me
Until I bought Rififi on this Arrow BD I knew very little about it and it's purchase was a gamble. I now feel I have made a real discovery and have found a film I will get great pleasure from for many years to come. As a film it's perfect. Performances in this film noir crime drama are superb. It's a cracking heist movie (the robbery itself is, with the exception of sound effects, silent for 20 minutes and makes it really gripping). The black and white photography (why does the b&w image look so stunning on Blu ray? It's not the first time I've been really impressed by old films on this format)is stunning and atmospheric. For me any film set in Paris is special, it's like the city is as much a star as the actors. What more can I say, but if you enjoy classic films then you really should see this fine French film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller, Great Level of Detail 13 May 2011
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Rififi," (Du rififi chez les homes), (1955) is a riveting thriller, the granddaddy of all heist/caper movies, and another triumph of French cinema. But the black and white crime drama, French language film was scripted and helmed by an American, Jules Dassin, rather than a Frenchman, and thereby, of course, hangs the tale. For Dassin, a victim of America's 1950s McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist that McCarthyism spawned, went on to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this cerebral noir caper, and, eventually, to be able to return as a welcome hero to Hollywood.

In a brisk, no second wasted, exciting 118 minutes, we follow Tony le Stephanois (Jean Servais) as, after his recent release from five years in prison, he plans one last perfect heist: to hit the internationally famous then and now jewelry store Mappin & Webb. To do so, he gathers criminals Jo le Swedois (the Swede-- Carl Möhner), Mario Ferrati (Robert Manuel) and Cesar le Milanese - (the Milanese, Jules Dassin himself, who grew a moustache and took a screen name to play the part: contract difficulties had cost the director the actor originally expected to play it). Tony finds his former lover Mado les Grands Bras (Marie Sabouret) who has become the lover of the gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici), owner of the night club L'Age D'Or, where she works. Unfortunately, human error does them in in this dark, understated tale: Cesar foolishly gives a priceless ring from the loot to another girl Viviane (Magali Noel, a great French/Italian favorite at the time) who works at Mado's club. The three Grutter brothers quickly figure out the story and demand some of the loot. Tony refuses. The competing gangsters retaliate by kidnapping Jo's five-year old son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Mr. P. P. Reidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Weary cook
5.0 out of 5 stars just a great film
Quite simply a wonderful film. I put off buying it because I don't particularly like "heist" movies. . What a dumb decision. Read more
Published 4 months ago by hereford all black
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir indeed
Rififi is a much celebrated film and rightfully so. It takes the many of the themes of the 40's Hollywood noir flicks and gives them a French spin. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd as xmas pressie
remembered that this was a film that my dad used to talk about when I was a child - just had to get it for him. arrived promptly and in v good condition Thankyou
Published 6 months ago by Melanie Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Gangster Movie
A film noir classic that I never tire of watching. If there is a Heaven for lovers of great movies, Rififi will surely be there to enjoy into eternity. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb French Noir.
A crafted example of French cinema. Tense and taught action flows from a wonderful screenplay. Settings are raw and dramatic with quality from start to an action packed climax.
Published 7 months ago by rachel judge
5.0 out of 5 stars sooooo dark
i bought this remembering having seen it years ago, enjoyed it but of course today find the post war black and white depressing, having grown up in that grey world, albeit in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by numptydad349
4.0 out of 5 stars rififi
I have yet to watch this film as I have only just received it .Price was reasonable and was quickly despatched. Read more
Published 15 months ago by billyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great B&W
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie which i bought on a recommendation from a friend.Please watch the extras before the movie,it gives you a great insight into the direction of the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Vlad the emailer
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