Rififi to be screened at UPV Cinematheque

By: Reymundo Salao

CINEMA Exmundo UPV Cinematheque will screen the French film noir masterpiece “Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes” (simply “Rififi”)  directed by Jules Dassin, on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2 p.m., at the UPV Cinematheque of U.P Visayas-Iloilo City Campus.

To reserve and confirm your seats, please send them an e-mail at cinemaexmundo@gmail.com or a text message to 0908-679-0363 if you intend to go and watch it.

This 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton’s novel of the same name is directed by American blacklisted filmmaker Jules Dassin and stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony “le Stéphanois”, Carl Möhner as Jo “le Suédois”, Robert Manuel as Mario Farrati, and Jules Dassin as César “le Milanais”.

The foursome band commits an almost impossible theft – the burglary of an exclusive jewelry shop on Rue de Rivoli. The centerpiece of the film is an intricate half-hour heist scene depicting the crime in detail, shot in near silence, without dialogue or music.

The fictional burglary has been mimicked by criminals in actual crimes around the world. After he was blacklisted from Hollywood, Dassin found work in France where he was asked to direct Rififi.

Despite his distaste for parts of the original novel, Dassin agreed to direct the film. He shot Rififi while working with a low budget, without a star cast, and with the production staff working for low wages.

Upon the initial release of the film, it received positive reactions from audiences and critics in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The film earned Dassin the award for Best Director at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Rififi was nominated by the National Board of Review for Best Foreign Film. It was re-released theatrically in both 2000 and 2015 and is still highly acclaimed by modern film critics as one of the greatest works in French film noir.

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