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  • Actors: Magali Noel, Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Jean Servais
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, French
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: General Video
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWFVW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tony, detto "il laureato", è un gangster sulla quarantina che è appena uscito dalla prigione, dove ha scontato una condanna di cinque anni. La sua amica Mado, durante questi anni, ha vissuto con Pierre Gruter, un trafficante di droga e proprietario di un locale notturno. Tony somministra una severa lezione a Mado e poi organizza un audace colpo ai danni di una celebre gioielleria con tre complici: Mario, Cesare, un esperto di casseforti e Jo lo svedese, un ragazzone sposato e con un figlio, che Tony considera come un pupillo e che ha deciso di proteggere scontando in sua vece i cinque anni di prigione. I quattro, dopo una preparazione quasi scientifica del piano, riescono ad impadronirsi del prezioso bottino. Purtroppo Cesare commette un passo falso e regala un meraviglioso anello ad una cantante del locale notturno di Pierre , che quando vede l'anello intuisce la verità. Così tra le due gang rivali, quella di Pierre e quella del "laureato", scoppia una lotta accanita per il possesso del bottino: Cesare rivela il nome dei complici, Pierre sequestra Mario che, rifiutandosi di parlare, viene eliminato eTony uccide Cesare. Per raggiungere il suo scopo, Pierre decide di rapire il bimbo di Jo e ricatta il padre con la consegna dei gioielli in cambio della vita del bambino. Tony, aiutato da Mado, dà la caccia ai rapitori e in un susseguirsi di drammatici avvenimenti i malfattori si eliminano a vicenda. Tony, unico superstite della strage anche se gravemente ferito, prima di morire trova la forza di riconsegnare l'orfano di Jo alla madre.

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"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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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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Format: DVD
American director Jules Dassin's classic French-made heist-thriller "Rififi" (1955) has, at long last, arrived on DVD in the UK. The film itself needs little introduction. No written review could fully do justice to its brilliance! So, how does "Rififi" hold up on DVD? Well, the picture quality is disappointing, but only because it has so many good things going for it: The black and white images (described as being "fully restored" on the back cover) are razor sharp, with solid blacks and excellent greyscale. On the other hand, the picture is let down by being somewhat unstable (for example, "jumps" occurring everytime the film "cuts") and containing more than its fair share of print damage (including specks, scratches and "cigarette burns", all of which can easily be removed using modern digital restoration technology). Normally, given the age of the film, we could forgive the DVD these faults (The film is certainly much more than just watchable) but in the light of Paramount's near flawless restoration of "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), viewers have come to expect more from vintage material. The audio is French Dolby Digital mono and receives no complaints from me. "Rififi" is hardly the type of film which could benefit from a 5.1 or DTS remix (Indeed, the film's centrepiece is played out in complete silence). English subtitles are included (Although the fact that they cannot be removed may aggravate some). In addition to the restored feature, the disc also includes some 67 minutes of bonus material: A theatrical trailer (made using a badly dubbed English language print of the film), an interview and Q and A session (conducted at London's National Film Theatre in 1983) with director Jules Dassin, and a photo gallary.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
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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