Title: Du rififi chez les hommes
Year: 1955 (France), 1956 (US)
Director: Jules Dassin
Writers: Jules Dassin, René Wheeler & Auguste Le Breton, based on Breton’s novel
Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel
Music: Georges Auric
Distinctions: formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: the planning and execution of a jewelery store robbery
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), May 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for cinematography) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).

The first classic French film I actually enjoyed. 30+ minutes of silence in the middle of the movie created a lot of suspense. Not something I’m aching to watch a second time, but it worked.


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