- Dassin, Jules
- (December 18, 191I, Middletown, Connecticut, USA-March 31, 2008, Athens, Greece)The son of a Russian-Jewish immigrant, he grew up in New York and attended high school in the Bronx. He studied dramatic art in Europe and then made his acting debut in 1936 with New York's Yiddish Theater. After writing radio plays, he briefly was assistant director (1940 They Know What They Wanted, Garson Kanin, USA; 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Alfred Hitchcock, USA) and soon directed his first movie for RKO.Filmography◘ The Tell-Tale Heart / Edgar Allan Poe's The TellTale-Heart (USA)◘ Nazi Agent / UK: Salute to Courage (USA)◘ The Affairs of Martha (USA)◘ Reunion in France / UK: Mademoiselle France (USA)◘ Young Ideas (USA)◘ The Canterville Ghost (Norman Z. McLeod started to shoot the movie; USA)◘ A Letter for Evie (USA)◘ Two Smart People (USA)◘ Brute Force (USA)◘ The Naked City (USA)◘ Thieves' Highway (USA)◘ Night and the City (USA)1952 ◘ Meet the Masters (documentary; short; episode "The Trio: Rubinstein, Heifetz and Piatigorsky")◘ Million Dollar Trio (USA)1955 ◘ Du Rififi chez les Hommes / Rififi / UK and USA: Rififi (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter; France / Italy)1957 ◘ Celui qui doit mourir / Colui che deve morire / USA: He Who Must Die (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, actor as Perlo Vita; France / Italy)1959 ◘ La Loi / La legge / UK: The Law / USA: Where the Hot Wind Blows (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter; France / Italy)1960 ◘ Pote tin kyriaki / UK and USA: Never on Sunday (also screenwriter, dialogist, uncredited producer, actor; Greece)1962 ◘ Phaedra / Faidra (also co-adapter, producer; USA / Greece)1964 ◘ Topkapi (also producer; USA)1966 ◘ 10:30 PM Summer (also screenwriter, adapter, producer; USA / Spain)1968 ◘ Hamilchama al hashalom / Survival 1967 / La Guerre amère (documentary; also co-narrator, producer; USA / France)◘ Up Tight! (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist, producer; USA)1970 ◘ La Promesse de l'Aube / Promise at Dawn (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, producer, actor as Perlo Vita; France / USA)1974 ◘ The Rehearsal / Dokimi (also screenwriter, actor; USA; unreleased)1978 ◘ A Dream of Passion / Kravgi gynaikon (also screenwriter, dialogist, producer; USA / Greece)1981 ◘ Circle of Two / Les Âges du Coeur / Obsession (Canada; shot in 1979)
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.