Available Friday, May 1 via Virtual Screening Room
One of cinema’s most under-sung thrillers, Jules Dassin’s 1955 Parisian noir classic is considered the genesis of the entire heist film genre. Four thieves hatch a scheme to rob a Paris jewelry store — plotting and executing the perfect crime, only to be undone by human frailty.
“The best film noir I have ever seen.” — Francois Truffaut
“One of the great crime thrillers, the benchmark all succeeding heist films have been measured against, it’s no musty museum piece but a driving, compelling piece of work, redolent of the air of human frailty and fatalistic doom.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“This is perhaps the keenest crime film that ever came from France, including Pepe le Moko and some of the best of Louis Jouvet and Jean Gabin.” — Bosley Crowther, New York Times
Auguste Le Breton (novel), Jules Dassin (adaptation), René Wheeler (collaboration), Auguste Le Breton (collaboration), Auguste Le Breton (dialogue)
Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey
French, Italian, English