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Jules Dassin
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Filmmaker
    (December 18, 1911-March 31, 2008)
    Born in Middletown, Connecticut
    Directed 'Reunion in France' (1942), 'The Canterville Ghost' (1944), 'Brute Force' (1947), 'Naked City' (1948), 'Night and the City' (1950), 'Rififi' (1955), 'Never on Sunday' (1960), 'Topkapi' (1964), 'The Rehearsal' (1974) and 'Circle of Two' (1980)
    Married Greek actress Melina Mercouri (1966-94)
    Father of singer Joe Dassin
    He joined the Communist party.
    He avoided testifying before the House Unamerican Activities Committee when he was sent to England to direct 'Night and the City.'
    'Rafifi' was temporarily banned in France because police worried that the safe-cracking scene was so detailed it was a virtual 'how to' for aspiring criminals.
    His last film centered on an affair between a 60-year-old artist and a 15-year-old girl.
    He broke with the Communists following the Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact.
    He considered himself one of the luckier blacklist victims, since he was able to resume his career in Europe.
    Francois Truffaut called 'Rafifi' the greatest film noir of all time.
    He campaigned for the restoration of democracy in Greece.
    He was granted honorary Greek citizenship (1997) for lobbying Britain to return the Elgin Marbles to the Parthenon.

Credit: C. Fishel


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