Archive for April 29, 2011

Smash and Grab

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on April 29, 2011 by dcairns

“Wonderful package for fans of the film and Dassin – along with the Masters of Cinema Antonioni packages this is one of the best Blu-rays to come out of the UK so far this year. Absolutely recommended!” ~ DVD Beaver.

Jules Dassin’s RIFIFI comes out in BluRay and dual format editions from Arrow Films on May 9th, and with an original essay by me — which puts me in the company of Francois Truffaut, Alistair Phillips and John Trevelyan, whose writings on the film are extracted within the same booklet.

This one was a pleasure and a challenge to write about: I love Dassin, and had the opportunity to relate RIFIFI to his other work in a way that’s rarely done. Too often it’s taken for granted that his lesser-known films aren’t any good, and that consequently there’s nothing to be learned from comparing them with his hits, neither of which assumption is true. I wouldn’t make any great claims for CIRCLE OF TWO, but the rest are of value.

Pre-order here —

Rififi [Dual Format Edition DVD + Blu-Ray]