One of Our 25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies and ranked on our 10 Best Cannes Film Festival Openers Ever, Jules Dassin‘s “Rififi” should not be regarded as a dusty classic only to be admired from afar. Sixty years from its original release in 1955, it’s a film to be experienced, particularly on the big screen, and the good news is that opportunity is coming soon to a theater near you.
Today, we’re excited to announce that Rialto Pictures will be bringing the first ever digital restoration of “Rififi” to theaters this fall, and we have the exclusive trailer below. While the film’s setup may be standard —a crew of thieves plot one last job— the execution is anything but. The film’s centerpiece heist sequence, running a half-hour long and presented in nearly complete silence, is still one for the ages and has arguably never been topped. Meanwhile, Dassin brings a coolness of touch and eye for style for elevates “Rififi” far beyond its noir aesthetics.
“Rififi” will open and run from September 2-8 at Film Forum in New York City and will arrive at Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles and to other cities afterwards —this a must see.