#115: Rififi

criterion115JULES DASSIN

1955

Sometimes the greatest movies happen because of immense risks: when Jules Dassin made Rififi, after having been exiled from America during the dark years of McCarthy-era witch hunts, heist movies were a proven popular favourite, but he still baffled his colleagues with one important decision.  At the centre of the film is a sequence achieved in total silence that lasts a record amount of time, and he took a gamble on pulling it off.  For this episode I had the pleasure of media educator Mike Gilman to talk to me about his experience with the great director’s masterpiece.

Listen to the episode of the podcast here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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