[DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES]
The American noir crime thriller was widely appreciated in France, and the best translations are BOB LE FLAMBEUR and Jules Dassin's highly acclaimed heist film RIFIFI. The action is an arc — with a meticulous and silent 28-minute safe-cracking scene that is the center of the film, though not its climax. While the film takes place in Paris and exhibits classic French finesse, a particularly American tenacity adds the bite necessary to make it a perfectly balanced film noir. DIR/SCR Jules Dassin; SCR René Wheeler, from the novel by Auguste Le Breton; PROD Henri Bérard, Pierre Cabaud, René Bézard. France, 1955, b&w, 115 min. In French and Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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