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    Rififi (CFR, R-1960s). French Grande (46.5" X 62") J. Mayo Artwork.
    "Rififi" is French slang for trouble--the kind of trouble that comes from macho posturing and bluster. Writer/Director Jules Dassin knew trouble--he had been a promising young director in the 1940s, but found himself blacklisted after the McCarthy Red Scare hearings. Leaving America for France in 1953, he had a difficult time at first, unfamiliar with the language and having no connections in the film world there. This micro-budget heist film was his breakthrough, winning him the Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize. However, there was still trouble to come--several real-life criminals copied the techniques used in the film to successfully pull off robberies. Mexico and Finland even banned the film for that reason. There are pinholes in the borders, staining on the bottom border, edge wear with tears, and fold wear with crossfold separations. Beautiful, impressionistic artwork by J. Mayo. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.


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