RIFIFI (1955)

A film by Jules Dassin.

Cast :  Jean ServaisCarl MöhnerRobert Manuel

 After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois meets his dearest friends Jo and the Italian Mario Ferrati and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jewelry Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado, who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L’ Âge d’ Or Louis Grutter, and he humiliates her, beating on her back and taking her jewels. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the D. Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress.  

Jules Dassin has build this film on a 28 minutes crack the safe heist. Here is Dassin said one time that in Mexico thieves has burglarized a jewelry store the same way that was done in the film. I Paris the film was ban for a while because police thought that thieves ware going to imitate  it .  They feared that the film was a instructional guide. It was shot on location in Paris on a $200,000 budget .  Dassin was blacklisted in the 50’s and couldn’t find work in the states so he went over seas and finally find the is film to make. He worked in Paris France until he retired.  Great film I have it in my collection.

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