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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, and Dassin left for Europe. Dassin did not work as a film director again until Rififi in 1954 (a French production). Most of Dassin's films in the decades following the blacklist are European productions. His prolific later career in Europe and the affiliation with Greece through his second wife, combined with a common pronunciation of his surname as "Da-SAN" in Europe, as opposed to "DASS-in" in the United States leads to a common misconception that he was a European director.

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, and Dassin left for Europe. Dassin did not work as a film director again until Rififi in 1954 (a French production). Most of Dassin's films in the decades following the blacklist are European productions. His prolific later career in Europe and the affiliation with Greece through his second wife, combined with a common pronunciation of his surname as "Da-SAN" in Europe, as opposed to "DASS-in" in the United States leads to a common misconception that he was a European director.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1911-12-18

Day of Death 2008-03-31

Place of Birth Middletown, Connecticut, USA

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Also Known As

  • Julius Dassin
  • Perlo Vita

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1981 Circle of Two Director
1978 A Dream of Passion Director
1974 The Rehearsal Director
1970 Promise at Dawn Director
1968 Uptight Director
1968 Survival 1967 Director
1966 10:30 P.M. Summer Director
1964 Topkapi Director
1962 Phaedra Director
1960 Never on Sunday Director
1959 The Law Director
1957 He Who Must Die Director
1955 Rififi Director
1950 Night and the City Director
1949 Thieves' Highway Director
1948 The Naked City Director
1947 Brute Force Director
1946 Two Smart People Director
1946 A Letter for Evie Director
1944 The Canterville Ghost Director
1943 Young Ideas Director
1942 Reunion in France Director
1942 The Affairs of Martha Director
1942 Nazi Agent Director
1941 The Tell-Tale Heart Director

Writing

1978 A Dream of Passion Screenplay
1974 The Rehearsal Writer
1970 Promise at Dawn Writer
1968 Uptight Writer
1966 10:30 P.M. Summer Author
1962 Phaedra Writer
1960 Never on Sunday Writer
1959 The Law Writer
1955 Rififi Adaptation

Acting

2008 Urok Francuzskogo as Himself
2006 Filmmakers in Action as Himself
2005 Buzz
1970 Promise at Dawn as dire
1962 Phaedra as Christo
1960 Never on Sunday as Homer Thrace
1955 Rififi as Cesar le Milanais

Production

1970 Promise at Dawn Producer
1968 Uptight Producer
1966 10:30 P.M. Summer Producer
1964 Topkapi Producer
1962 Phaedra Producer

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