Dassin Noir: Three Film Noir Classics by Jules Dassin DVD
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Directed by Jules Dassin
Produced in 1947-55
Main Language - English / French
Three thrilling film noir classics from Jules Dassin: Brute Force (1947), The Naked City (1948) and Rififi (1955).
Brute Force: At overcrowded Westgate Penitentiary, violence and fear are the norm and the least contented prisoner is tough, single-minded Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster). Joe hates chief guard Captain Munsey, a petty dictator who glories in absolute power. After one infraction too many, Joe and his cell-mates are put on the dreaded drain pipe detail; prompting an escape scheme that has every chance of turning into a bloodbath.
The Naked City: The vicious murder of beautiful blonde Jean Dexter sends Detectives Dan Muldoon and young Jimmy Halloran (Barry Fitzgerald and Don Taylor) to work on a case with the classic twists and turns of hard boiled pulp fiction. This two time Oscar winner is notable for being as much noir crime as it is hard hitting realism with its stark documentary portrait of the Big Apple.
Rififi: Tony le Stephanois is a master thief fresh out of jail, wearing a harried look and suffering ill health he refuses to be involved with crime, until he finds his girlfriend shacked up with a rival gangster. With little reason to keep living he plans a final job. Rififi revolves around the central heist, famed for its finite detail and incredible tension, Dassin’s film is a humanist tale that hinges on the loyalty among thieves and draws on the fatalistic, doom laden lives common to crooks and thieves in pulp literature.
Publisher: Arrow Films
Length: 301 mins
Cat No: FCD576
Format: DVD B&W
- 3 discs
- Critical analysis of Rififi by Ginette Vincendeau
- Theatrical Trailers for all three films.