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RIFIFI (ri-fí-fi) n. French argot. 1. Quarrel, rumble, free-for-all, open
hostilities between individuals or gangs, rough-and-tumble confrontationbetween two or more individuals. 2. A tense and chaotic situation involving violent confrontations between parties.
Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.
Best Director (Cannes Film Festival, 1955)
Prix Méliès (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1956)
Top Foreign Films (National Board of Review, 1956)
Special Award for the Re-release (New York Film Critics Circle, 2000)
“The best of all heist movies!” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
«The best film noir I've ever seen!» — François Truffaut
“Rififi contains a 30-minute stretch of wordless movie making that is one of the most engrossing sequences since the invention of talking pictures…. [Dassin] gathers enough honors in this memorable silent sequence to satisfy most writers, directors and
actors for a lifetime of work.” — Time (July 16, 1956)
“A vicious and terse French melodrama…Grimly sustained, never relaxing excitement, a classic exercise in keeping nerves stretched taut through ingenuity, imagination and low cunning.” — Alton Cook, New York World Telegram (1956)
— Rialto Pictures