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A lost World,
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This review is from: Rififi  [DVD] (DVD)
Although "Rififi" is famous for its 30 minute sequence without any dialogue, it is much more than that. We are taken back to a world that has long gone; the world of the post-war parisian gangster. A film which was criticised for its use of "argot" the almost impenetrable slang of the Paris underworld. Looking behind the action one is able to discern the city of Paris as it was within 10 years of the end of the Second World War. We see cars that have long gone but which evoke the period with such clarity; the white Citroen Traction Avant that is used for the heist is part of my personal memories of this era. Although the film is very well subtitled a French-speaking viewer will find so much more in the dialogue.
Many films are acclaimed as masterpieces, but this is truly worthy of the title.