Pierre Grasset, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici, and Magali Noël in Rififi (1955)
Pierre Grasset, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici, and Magali Noël in Rififi (1955)
Rififi (1955)

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Jules Dassin | France | 1955 | M

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Wed 13 Sep 2023

Endlessly imitated though never matched, Dassin’s definitive heist movie was one of the major crossover hits of mid-1950s international cinema, helping save the director’s career following his exile to France in the wake of the Hollywood blacklist. Its famous 28-minute robbery sequence, filmed entirely without dialogue, is a true masterclass in building cinematic tension. With the director casting himself as Cesar the safecracker, the central character of the movie’s key scene, Dassin’s film is often read as a veiled critique of the corruption and backstabbing prevalent in the Hollywood that betrayed him.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 117 mins

Event duration

117 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Although film noir is primarily associated with American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, France played a key role in its development, both in its appreciation (the term was coined by French critic Nino Frank in 1946) and continuation of the genre. It is perhaps fitting that Rififi (1955), considered by many to be the ultimate French noir, was directed by Jules Dassin, an American exiled in Paris...

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