One Last Big Score/ Kaushik Ramaswamy


Kaushik Ramaswamy will screen Jules Dassin’s Rififi and talk on the neglected genre of heist films demonstarting the genres dual generic function as anti-institutional social message and as an ongoing address about the place of art in society.

Crime thrillers emerged out of pulp writing from the 20’s and 30’s and developed as both dramatic and comic films as well as film noir like Criss Cross, The Killers, The Asphalt Jungle. It then mutated into sleek capers in 1960’s like Ocean’s Eleven, Gambit, How to steal a million and then finally re-emerging on screens in the 2000s in remake after remakes The Thomas Crown Affair, The Italian Job, The Good Thief, Ocean’s 11, heist films have always entertained.

Built around a series of case studies like Rififi, Bob Le Flambeur, The Killing, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Getaway, The Ocean’s Triology, this brief talk will explore why directors of such varied backgrounds, from studio regulars like Siodmak, Crichton, Siegel, Walsh and wise to independents like Anderson, Fuller, Kubrick, Ritchie, Soderbergh and enthusiasts alike are so drawn to this popular genre.

The Goenchi Mati Movement in the end will explain the Great Goan Mining Loot and connect it to a massive heist plot.