Museum Films is partnering with Rialto Pictures to deliver newly restored film classics straight to your living room! We’re pleased to share Jules Dassin’s iconic Paris-set heist film Rififi, screening as part of Museum Films’ virtual holiday series Christmas in Paris!
One $10 ticket is good for a 3-day pass to see Rififi. 50% of each sale supports OKCMOA and its mission. Passes available December 22. Click here to purchase a pass.
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“In the most popular and celebrated French film noir of all time, blacklisted American Jules Dassin transforms pulp writer Auguste le Breton’s popular potboiler into a riveting existential thriller that set the template for all heist movies to come. Back on the street following a five-year prison sentence, jewel thief Tony le Stéphanois (grizzled character actor Jean Servais) is quickly approached by old friends Jo (Carl Möhner) and Mario (Robert Manuel) about helping them to rob a famous jewelry shop’s elaborate show window. Instead, Tony proposes that they raid the safe, thus setting the stage for the film’s masterful, 30-minute centerpiece (based on an actual 1899 burglary in Marseille), staged without a single word of dialogue or note of music. (That’s Dassin himself, credited under a pseudonym, as safecracker César.) The heist goes off without a hitch, but not so the aftermath, especially once a local gangster sweet on Tony’s ex-girlfriend starts to play his cards. Take it from François Truffaut, who famously noted, ‘Out of the worst crime novels I ever read, Jules Dassin has made the best crime film I’ve ever seen.'” – Film at Lincoln Center
Director Jules Dassin | 1955 | In French and Italian with English subtitles | 118 minutes | NR