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Jules Dassin is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 18 december 1911 at Middletown (USA)

Jules Dassin

Jules Dassin
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Birth name Julius Moses Dassin
Nationality USA
Birth 18 december 1911 at Middletown (USA)
Death 31 march 2008 (at 96 years) at Athens (Grece)

Julius "Jules" Dassin (December 18, 1911 – March 31, 2008) was an American film director. He was a subject of the Hollywood blacklist in the McCarthy era, and subsequently moved to France, where he revived his career.

Biography

Jules Dassin était l'un des huit enfants d'un coiffeur juif émigré d'Ukraine aux États-Unis, Samuel Dassin (1887-1949) et de Berthe Vogel (1885-1949). Le nom de Dassin est attribué par l'Immigration Services à son arrivée aux États-Unis, faute d'avoir pu faire comprendre son patronyme à l'employé, et qui est simplement dérivé d'Odessa, sa ville natale où son propre père était perruquier au théâtre de ballet.

Né à Middletown dans le Connecticut, il grandit à Harlem et va à la Morris High School dans le Bronx. Il adhère au Parti communiste USA dans les années 1930. Il quitte le parti après le Pacte germano-soviétique, à l'été 1939. Néanmoins, il est l'une des premières victimes du maccarthysme et inscrit sur la liste noire du cinéma.



Il épouse en 1933 la violoniste hongroise Béatrice Launer, dont il eut trois enfants : Joe Dassin (1938-1980), chanteur français populaire, Richelle Dassin ou « Rickie » (1940), auteur compositeur et Julie Dassin (1945), actrice.

En mai 1954, il rencontre Melina Mercouri, lors du Festival de Cannes. C'est à peu près au même moment qu'il découvre la littérature de Níkos Kazantzákis. Les deux rencontres le lient définitivement à la Grèce. Il divorce de Béatrice Launer en 1962 et épouse Melina Mercouri en 1966. Le couple doit quitter la Grèce à la suite du coup d'État des colonels. Ils sont accusés en 1970 d'avoir financé une tentative de renversement de la dictature. Ces charges sont rapidement abandonnées.

Best films

Never on Sunday (1960)
(Actor)
Topkapi (1964)
(Director)
Rififi (1955)
(Actor)
Phaedra (1962)
(Director)
The Naked City (1948)
(Director)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jules Dassin (26 films)

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Actor

Promise at Dawn, 1h39
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Melina Mercouri, Assi Dayan (אסי דיין), Déspo Diamantídou, Didier Haudepin, Jean Martin, Jacqueline Porel
Roles Ivan Mosjukine (as Perlo Vita)
Rating67% 3.353243.353243.353243.353243.35324
The film follows author Romain Gary as he recalls his growing up with his Russian-born mother. The two leave Russia for France, where they settle in Paris. As twenty years pass, they encounter social change, age, different convictions, poverty and the slow approach of World War II.
Phaedra
Phaedra (1962)
, 1h55
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone, Jules Dassin, Tzavalas Karousos, Tasso Kavadia
Roles Christo
Rating68% 3.4428253.4428253.4428253.4428253.442825
Phaedra, second wife of shipping tycoon Thanos (Raf Vallone), falls in love with her husband's son from his first marriage, Alexis (Anthony Perkins). The love is doomed from the very beginning but they are unable to control their feelings.
Never on Sunday, 1h31
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Fountas, Titos Vandis, Déspo Diamantídou, Thanasis Veggos
Roles Homer Thrace
Rating72% 3.6475353.6475353.6475353.6475353.647535
Homer, touriste américain et « philosophe amateur », passionné par la Grèce ancienne et ses philosophes, arrive en Grèce à la recherche de la Vérité. Dans un bar à rebetiko du Pirée, il croise la route d'Ilya, une prostituée très populaire, libre et indépendante, qui « reçoit » chaque jour de la semaine, sauf le dimanche (ce jour-là est réservé aux amis - d'où le titre du film). Homer, nouveau Pygmalion, décide de faire son éducation et de la remettre dans le droit chemin. Elle délaisse « ses amis », réaménage son intérieur, s'habille plus décemment. Homer l'accompagne à la représentation des tragédies grecques du Festival d'Athènes à l'Odéon d'Hérode Atticus.
Rififi
Rififi (1955)
, 1h54
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin France
Genres Drama, Action, Noir, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Jules Dassin, Magali Noël, Robert Hossein, Janine Darcey
Roles Cesar le Milanais
Rating80% 4.0484054.0484054.0484054.0484054.048405
Tony "le Stéphanois" has served a five-year prison term for a jewel heist and is out on the street and down on his luck. His friend Jo approaches him about a smash-and-grab proposed by mutual friend Mario in which the threesome would cut the glass on a Parisian jeweler's front window in broad daylight and snatch some gems. Tony declines. He then learns that his old girlfriend, Mado, took up in his absence with gangster Parisian nightclub owner Pierre Grutter. Finding Mado working at Grutter's, Tony invites her back to his rundown flat. She is obviously well-kept, and Tony savagely beats her for being so deeply involved with Grutter. Tony changes his mind about the heist; he now accepts on the condition that they rob the jeweler's safe instead of the window. Mario suggests they employ the services of Italian compatriot César, a safecracker. The four devise and rehearse an ingenious plan to break into the store and disarm its sophisticated alarm system.

Director

A Dream of Passion, 1h50
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin Grece
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on mythology, Théâtre, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Films based on plays, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Melina Mercouri, Ellen Burstyn, Andreas Voutsinas, Déspo Diamantídou, Dimitris Papamichael, Manos Katrakis
Rating66% 3.3376453.3376453.3376453.3376453.337645
Une célèbre actrice grecque, Maya (Mélina Mercouri), après avoir passé de nombreuses années à l'étranger, rentre en Grèce pour y jouer Médée. Alors qu'elle prépare son rôle, elle devient fascinée par le cas d'une Américaine Brenda Collins (Ellen Burstyn) qui a assassiné ses trois enfants quelques années plus tôt à Glyfada pour se venger de son mari infidèle. Maya rend visite à Brenda à la prison de Korydallos. Un lien de plus en plus fort se tisse entre les deux femmes.
Promise at Dawn, 1h39
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Melina Mercouri, Assi Dayan (אסי דיין), Déspo Diamantídou, Didier Haudepin, Jean Martin, Jacqueline Porel
Rating67% 3.353243.353243.353243.353243.35324
The film follows author Romain Gary as he recalls his growing up with his Russian-born mother. The two leave Russia for France, where they settle in Paris. As twenty years pass, they encounter social change, age, different convictions, poverty and the slow approach of World War II.
Survival 1967, 1h10
Directed by Jules Dassin
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Rating64% 3.2125453.2125453.2125453.2125453.212545
This film documentary uses the 1967 Six-Day War and its immediate aftermath as its basis. The material primarily presents Israeli sources and perspectives. It has been characterized as an anti-war screed. The film was panned for presenting little footage documenting the war, as well as for conflicting, alternating viewpoints and overall lack of narrative focus.
Survival 1967, 1h10
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Claude Dauphin
Rating64% 3.2125453.2125453.2125453.2125453.212545
La Guerre des Six Jours vue du côté israélien.
Uptight
Uptight (1968)
, 1h44
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Jason Bernard, Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne, Juanita Moore
Rating72% 3.6377553.6377553.6377553.6377553.637755
In Cleveland, Ohio, at the time of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., protesters riot in the streets. Johnny Wells (Max Julien), a charismatic black revolutionary, leads a group of black men on a mission to steal guns from a warehouse as preparation for violent racial conflict. Johnny's best friend Tank (Julian Mayfield), who formerly worked at the steel mill with several of the men, is supposed to help with the robbery, but when the group goes to his house, they find him drunk and watching the television coverage of King's funeral. Tank is a middle-aged, unemployed alcoholic who supported King's non-violent approach, which the others have rejected in favor of violent revolution. It is later revealed that Tank lost his longtime job at the steel mill when he attacked a white co-worker who harassed the black mill workers. As a result, Tank was sent to prison and since being released, has been unable to find work. The black revolutionary group is going through a deeper radicalization, and they see Tank's inconsistent behavior as threatening to their cause.
10:30 P.M. Summer, 1h25
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Melina Mercouri, Romy Schneider, Peter Finch, Julián Mateos
Rating64% 3.245513.245513.245513.245513.24551
Maria and Paul, a couple in their forties, travel through Spain with a new friend, Claire (Romy Schneider), a younger woman. The couple's daughter is also part of the trip. On their way to Madrid, they stop in a small town and are told by police that a local man who has killed his wife and her lover is on the loose in the area. There is a massive thunderstorm and the group has no choice but to stay in the town's only hotel, which is jammed beyond capacity with other travelers in the same situation. Maria, an out of control alcoholic who lives most of her life in a walking, booze-fueled dream state, seems to be subtly encouraging her husband Paul to have a sexual relationship with Claire as a way to reintroduce sexuality into their situation. While the thunderstorm is still raging, Maria secretly steps out of the crowded hotel onto a low balcony to down a bottle of booze and accidentally sees Paul and Claire kissing on a higher balcony. She is simultaneously excited and devastated. While out in the rain Maria discovers the fugitive hiding on a nearby rooftop and decides to help him escape. She then hides the murderer, a young man, in an outcropping of rocks out in lonely stretch of highway in the desert.
Topkapi
Topkapi (1964)
, 2h
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Jess Hahn, Akim Tamiroff
Rating69% 3.4970653.4970653.4970653.4970653.497065
Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) visits Istanbul, where she sees a traveling fair featuring replicas of treasures from the Topkapı Palace. Next she cases the Topkapı, fascinated by the emerald-encrusted dagger of Sultan Mahmud I. Leaving Turkey, she recruits her ex-lover, Swiss master-criminal Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell), to plan a theft of the dagger. They engage Cedric Page (Robert Morley), master of all things mechanical; Giulio, "The Human Fly" (Gilles Ségal), a mute acrobat; and the burly Hans (Jess Hahn), who will provide the muscle needed for the job.
Phaedra
Phaedra (1962)
, 1h55
Directed by Jules Dassin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone, Jules Dassin, Tzavalas Karousos, Tasso Kavadia
Rating68% 3.4428253.4428253.4428253.4428253.442825
Phaedra, second wife of shipping tycoon Thanos (Raf Vallone), falls in love with her husband's son from his first marriage, Alexis (Anthony Perkins). The love is doomed from the very beginning but they are unable to control their feelings.