• The bravura centerpiece of Jules Dassin’s model heist thriller, Rififi, is the elaborately staged burglary itself—a nearly half-hour sequence without dialogue. With surgical precision, the film’s career criminals go about their business in silence—a brilliant directorial choice that leaves us breathless and guessing just exactly how they’re going to pull it off. In this excerpt from an interview recorded for the Criterion Collection in 2000, Dassin talks about that decision.

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  • By Alec Boyce
    February 07, 2014
    10:23 PM

    Cool film and website!
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  • By Michael
    July 13, 2014
    11:28 PM

    "Rififi" is so good for so many reasons that it is almost silly to list and rank one moment over another. For me, the actual robbery is the high point because we are given the privilege of watching men who are supremely gifted at what they do (in this case, stealing jewelry), trusting the precision of the plan, but most importantly, trusting the particular skills that each brings. For without these very men, without these very skills, the heist had no chance. The question of morality becomes, then, a simple one. Are these men morally right to do this crime? Yes. The real crime would have been to allow such talent, precision, and loyalty to go to waste.
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