1955 / France / 115 min. / B&W
Director: Jules Dassin
Jean Servais, Robert Hossein, Magali Noël, Janine Darcey, Pierre Grasset
The ultimate heist movie wrapped up in the guise of the ultimate French film noir, Rififi is the mesmerising, absorbing, engrossing and enthralling story of how a gang of four thieves effect the near-impossible robbery of a high-end jewellers for it all to unravel in the spiralling aftermath. The film has been imitated, but never bettered, as has the extraordinarily gripping sequence of the heist itself – a 30 minute, edge of your seat, silent tour-de-force that, incidentally, has been successfully replicated in several real life robberies!