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American director Jules Dassin, whose early work included a number of film noir
classics, was blacklisted during the HUAC and McCarthy intimidation of Hollywood.
He went to Europe and restarted his career with this tense, intricate and stylish
caper set in Paris. The safe-cracking scene at the center of the film occupies a
quarter of the running time and is played entirely without dialogue or music,
intensifying the suspense.
The film won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.
About the director.
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film.