Jules Dassin's 1955 heist flick is the genre's benchmark movie. The silent 28-minute set-piece robbery scene provides the film's highlight, but elsewhere there's much to admire in Jean Servais' hangdog protagonist and Dassin's pre-Nouvelle Vague documentary approach to shooting Parisian nightlife.

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Jules Dassin’s 1955 heist flick is the genre’s benchmark movie. The silent 28-minute set-piece robbery scene provides the film’s highlight, but elsewhere there’s much to admire in Jean Servais’ hangdog protagonist and Dassin’s pre-Nouvelle Vague documentary approach to shooting Parisian nightlife.