Jules Dassin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Julius "Jules" Dassin (December 18, 1911 – March 31, 2008) was an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He was a subject of the Hollywood blacklist in the McCarthy era, and subsequently moved to France, where he revived his career. Dassin quickly became better known for his noir films Brute Force (1947), The Naked City (1948), and Thieves' Highway (1949), which helped him to become "one of the leading American filmmakers of the postwar era." Dassin's most influential film was Rififi (1955), an early work in the "heist film" genre. It inspired later heist films, such as Ocean's Eleven (1960). Another piece it inspired was Dassin's own heist film Topkapi, filmed in France and Istanbul, Turkey with Melina Mercouri and Oscar winner Peter Ustinov. Dassin said Darryl F. Zanuck in 1948 called him into his office to inform him he would be blacklisted, but he still had enough time to make a movie for Fox. Dassin was blacklisted in Hollywood during the production of Night and the City (1950). He was not allowed on the studio property to edit or oversee the musical score for the film. He also had trouble finding work abroad, as U.S. distribution companies blacklisted the U.S. distribution of any European film associated with artists blacklisted in Hollywood. In 1952, after Dassin had been out of work for two years, actress Bette Davis hired him to direct her in the Broadway revue Two's Company. The show closed early, however, ...

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Brute Force (1947)

Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Charles Bickford  •  Yvonne De Carlo

Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Charles Bickford  •  Yvonne De Carlo

Never on Sunday (1960)

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Jules Dassin  •  George Foundas  •  Titos Vandis

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Jules Dassin  •  George Foundas  •  Titos Vandis

Night and the City (1950)

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Gene Tierney  •  Googie Withers  •  Hugh Marlowe

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Gene Tierney  •  Googie Withers  •  Hugh Marlowe

Phaedra (1962)

A retelling of the Greek myth of Phaedra. In modern Greece, Alexis's father, an extremely wealthy shipping magnate, marries the younger, fiery Phaedra. When Alexis meets his stepmother, sparks fly and the two begin an affair. What will the Fates bring this family? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Raf Vallone  •  Elizabeth Ercy

A retelling of the Greek myth of Phaedra. In modern Greece, Alexis's father, an extremely wealthy shipping magnate, marries the younger, fiery Phaedra. When Alexis meets his stepmother, sparks fly and the two begin an affair. What will the Fates bring this family? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Raf Vallone  •  Elizabeth Ercy

Rififi (1955)

Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony turns down a quick job his friend Jo offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter during Tony's absence. Expanding a minor smash-and-grab ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jean Servais  •  Carl Möhner  •  Robert Manuel  •  Janine Darcey

Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony turns down a quick job his friend Jo offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter during Tony's absence. Expanding a minor smash-and-grab ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jean Servais  •  Carl Möhner  •  Robert Manuel  •  Janine Darcey

The Naked City (1948)

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Barry Fitzgerald  •  Howard Duff  •  Dorothy Hart  •  Don Taylor

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Barry Fitzgerald  •  Howard Duff  •  Dorothy Hart  •  Don Taylor

The Rehearsal (1974)

An indictment of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974. The film tries to give a reconstruction of the events during the students' uprising in the Athens Polytechnic (November 1973) by documents, rehearsals, interviews, songs and poems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Míkis Theodorakis  •  Olympia Dukakis  •  Steve Inwood

An indictment of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974. The film tries to give a reconstruction of the events during the students' uprising in the Athens Polytechnic (November 1973) by documents, rehearsals, interviews, songs and poems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Míkis Theodorakis  •  Olympia Dukakis  •  Steve Inwood

Thieves' Highway (1949)

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Valentina Cortese  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Barbara Lawrence

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Valentina Cortese  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Barbara Lawrence

Topkapi (1964)

Arthur Simon Simpson is a small-time crook biding his time in Greece. One of his potential victims turns out to be a gentleman thief planning to steal the emerald-encrusted dagger of the Mehmed II from Istanbul's Topkapi Museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Maximilian Schell  •  Gilles Ségal

Arthur Simon Simpson is a small-time crook biding his time in Greece. One of his potential victims turns out to be a gentleman thief planning to steal the emerald-encrusted dagger of the Mehmed II from Istanbul's Topkapi Museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Maximilian Schell  •  Gilles Ségal

A Dream of Passion (1978)

Melina Mercouri plays Maya, a jet-setting Greek actress who returns to her homeland to undertake the role of Medea. Searching for inspiration and clues as to how a mother could kill the children she loves, Maya discovers Brenda (Ellen Burstyn), a bible-spouting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Andréas Voutsinas  •  Despo Diamantidou

Melina Mercouri plays Maya, a jet-setting Greek actress who returns to her homeland to undertake the role of Medea. Searching for inspiration and clues as to how a mother could kill the children she loves, Maya discovers Brenda (Ellen Burstyn), a bible-spouting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Andréas Voutsinas  •  Despo Diamantidou

Filmmakers in Action (2006)

What is the state of cinema and what being a filmmaker means? What are the measures taken to protect authors' copyright? What is their legal status in different countries? (Sequel to “Filmmakers vs. Tycoons.”)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Benpar
CAST:  Marta Belmonte  •  Aitor Martínez  •  Lonan García  •  Pau Herrero

What is the state of cinema and what being a filmmaker means? What are the measures taken to protect authors' copyright? What is their legal status in different countries? (Sequel to “Filmmakers vs. Tycoons.”)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Benpar
CAST:  Marta Belmonte  •  Aitor Martínez  •  Lonan García  •  Pau Herrero

Survival 1967 (1968)

This film documentary uses the 1967 Six-Day War and its immediate aftermath as its basis. The material primarily presents Israeli sources and perspectives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
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This film documentary uses the 1967 Six-Day War and its immediate aftermath as its basis. The material primarily presents Israeli sources and perspectives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST: 

Promise at Dawn (1970)

Nina is a former silent-film star from Russia who abandons her career to care for her son. She is a single mother -- the boy's father is a famous actor who wants nothing to do with either Nina or her child. She joins an acting troupe where she impersonates a famous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jules Dassin  •  Melina Mercouri  •  Assi Dayan  •  Despo Diamantidou

Nina is a former silent-film star from Russia who abandons her career to care for her son. She is a single mother -- the boy's father is a famous actor who wants nothing to do with either Nina or her child. She joins an acting troupe where she impersonates a famous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jules Dassin  •  Melina Mercouri  •  Assi Dayan  •  Despo Diamantidou

Uptight (1968)

Black militants building up an arsenal of weapons in preparation for a race war are betrayed by one of their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Ruby Dee  •  Frank Silvera  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Raymond St. Jacques

Black militants building up an arsenal of weapons in preparation for a race war are betrayed by one of their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Ruby Dee  •  Frank Silvera  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Raymond St. Jacques

10:30 P.M. Summer (1966)

A female traveling companion seduces a married man and his alcoholic wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Romy Schneider  •  Peter Finch  •  Julián Mateos

A female traveling companion seduces a married man and his alcoholic wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Melina Mercouri  •  Romy Schneider  •  Peter Finch  •  Julián Mateos

The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Roman Bohnen  •  Oscar O'Shea  •  Will Wright

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Roman Bohnen  •  Oscar O'Shea  •  Will Wright

The Law (1959)

A gorgeous housekeeper turns the tables on the men in a small Mediterranean coastal town by using their own vicious drinking game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Melina Mercouri

A gorgeous housekeeper turns the tables on the men in a small Mediterranean coastal town by using their own vicious drinking game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Melina Mercouri

He Who Must Die (1957)

Greece, in the 1920s, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jean Servais  •  Carl Möhner  •  Grégoire Aslan  •  Gert Fröbe

Greece, in the 1920s, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Jean Servais  •  Carl Möhner  •  Grégoire Aslan  •  Gert Fröbe

A Letter for Evie (1946)

Evie's co-workers at the uniform shirt factory, and her almost-fiancée's inability to kiss, inspire her to slip a letter into a size sixteen-and-a-half shirt for some anonymous soldier. It's received by "Wolf" Larson, who immediately throws it away, but his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Marsha Hunt  •  John Carroll  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Spring Byington

Evie's co-workers at the uniform shirt factory, and her almost-fiancée's inability to kiss, inspire her to slip a letter into a size sixteen-and-a-half shirt for some anonymous soldier. It's received by "Wolf" Larson, who immediately throws it away, but his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Marsha Hunt  •  John Carroll  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Spring Byington

Two Smart People (1946)

Con woman Ricki Woodner and detective Bob Simms follow a prison-bound swindler Ace Connors on his five-day gourmet binge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  John Hodiak  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Hugo Haas

Con woman Ricki Woodner and detective Bob Simms follow a prison-bound swindler Ace Connors on his five-day gourmet binge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  John Hodiak  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Hugo Haas
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