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Rififi : (Jules Dassin, 1955)

By: Phillips, Alastair

Part of the Cine-file French Film Guides series
1848850557 / 9781848850552
Paperback
791.4'372
15/11/2009
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England
22 cm x, 124 p. : ill.
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"Du rififi chez les hommes" (1955), directed by the exiled American film director Jules Dassin, recounts the nail-biting tale of a Parisian gangster heist gone wrong.

Famed for its extended dialog free robbery sequence, it is both a classic French film noir and one of the greatest, most influential crime films.

In this lively companion to the film, Alastair Phillips reveals Dassin's role as a director of socially conscious Hollywood film noir and argues that his seminal contribution to the regeneration of the thriller in post war France therefore uniquely complicated relations between French genre cinema and American mass culture.

Phillips also examines the film's innovative narrative construction and use of sound, its performance style and mise-en-scene, and discusses the film's legacy, showing how even today, the term 'Rififi' remains a byword for both criminal glamor and the enduring virtues of French popular classical film making.

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