Jules Dassin

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Gained experience in theater and radio in New York before going to work in Hollywood in 1940, first with RKO (as assistant director) and then with MGM. Dassin hit his stride in the late 1940s with such dynamic (and ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1911 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Director (21)

Circle of Two 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

A Dream of Passion 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rehearsal 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

La Promesse de l'aube 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Uptight 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

10:30 P.M. Summer 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Topkapi 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Phaedra 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Never On Sunday 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Where the Hot Winds Blows! 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

He Who Must Die 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Rififi 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

The Canterville Ghost 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Reunion in France 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

A Letter for Evie (Movie)

(Director)

Nazi Agent (Movie)

(Director)

The Affairs of Martha (Movie)

(Director)

Thieves' Highway (Movie)

(Director)

Two Smart People (Movie)

(Director)

Young Ideas (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

from film("Night and the City") (Story By)

A Dream of Passion 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Promesse de l'aube 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Uptight 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

10:30 P.M. Summer 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Phaedra 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Never On Sunday 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where the Hot Winds Blows! 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

He Who Must Die 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rififi 1954 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Rififi 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (7)

A Dream of Passion 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Promesse de l'aube 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Uptight 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

10:30 P.M. Summer 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Topkapi 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Phaedra 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Never On Sunday 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

Buzz 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Keine Zufallige Geschichte 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Promesse de l'aube 1969 (Movie)

Russian Actor Impersonator (Actor)

Phaedra 1962 (Movie)

Christo (Actor)

Never On Sunday 1960 (Movie)

Homer (Actor)

Rififi 1954 (Movie)

Cesar--le Milanais (Actor)
Music (1)

Bittersweet Place 2004 (Movie)

("Du Rufifi Chez Les Hommes") (Music)

Biography

Gained experience in theater and radio in New York before going to work in Hollywood in 1940, first with RKO (as assistant director) and then with MGM. Dassin hit his stride in the late 1940s with such dynamic (and still well-regarded) film noir melodramas as "Brute Force" (1947) and "The Naked City" (1948). After being blacklisted he moved to Europe, where he scored his greatest international successes with the French-produced "Rififi" (1955) and the then-scandalous "Never on Sunday" (1959), starring his second wife Melina Mercouri. For the most part, his later films--like "Up Tight" (1968), an ill-conceived black remake of John Ford's 1935 classic "The Informer"--have been disappointing and inconclusive.

Relationships

Julie Dassin

Daughter
Mother, Beatrice Launer

Joey Dassin

Son
Mother, Beatrice Launer

Rickey Dassin

Son
Mother, Beatrice Launer

Beatrice Launer

Wife

Melina Mercouri

Wife
Greek; born c. 1923 together from 1959 married from 1966 until her death in 1994

Milestones

1980

Directed his final feature, "Circle of Two" starring Richard Burton as a 60-year old artist who falls in love with a fifteen-year-old (Tatum O'Neal)

1978

Wrote and directed "Kravgi gynaikon"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film

1974

Directed and co-starred with (also wrote) Olympia Dukakis, Arthur Miller and Melina Mercouri in "The Rehearsal"

1969

Directed (also wrote and produced) his wife, Melina Mercouri in "Promise at Dawn"

1968

Wrote and directed "Up Tight!" starring Ruby Dee and Roscoe Lee Browne

1967

Directed "Illya Darling" the Broadway musical adaptation of his film, "Never on Sunday"

1964

Directed the heist film, "Topkapi" starring Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov

1962

Once again directed Melina Mercouri in "Phaedra"

1960

Directed (also scripted) future wife, Melina Mercouri in "Never on Sunday"; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay

1955

Returned to directing with the French language noir classic "Rififi"

1950

Filmed "Night and the City" in London to avoid being brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee

1948

Directed the black-and-white film noir "The Naked City"

1947

Helmed the brutal film noir, "Brute Force" starring Burt Lancaster and Hume Cronyn

1941

Feature directing debut, "Nazi Agent/Salute to Courage"

1940

Directed first short film, "The Tell-Tale Heart"

1936

First role with the ARTEF (Yiddish Proletarian Theater) company in New York City

European producers were told that their films would not be allowed to be released in the United States if Dassin was involved in their production; did not direct another film for five years

Directed first stage play, "The Medicine Show"

Bonus Trivia

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"It's more important for me to be with Melina than to make a movie." - Jules Dassin quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, February 1991

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