02 April 2008

Zombie Jules Dassin

Oh those strange coincidences. Richard Widmark died just a week before his Night and the City director Jules Dassin. Dassin had an amazingly rounded career, born in Connecticut, became a master of the film noir, blacklisted from Hollywood, moved to France, celebrated a career resurgence, moved to Greece, and continued to work there in his later years. He was famously married to actress Melina Mercouri, whom he directed into a Best Actress prize at Cannes for Never on Sunday. He was 96.

Notable Filmography

The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Brute Force (1947)
The Naked City (1948)
Thieves' Highway (1949)
Night and the City (195o)
Rififi (1955)
Never on Sunday (1960)
10:30 P.M. Summer (1966)

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