US film director Jules Dassin dies

This is a music video of Melina Mercouri – Ta pedia tou Pirea.

From Wikipedia:

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

One of eight children of a Russian-Jewish barber in Middletown, Connecticut, Dassin started as a Yiddish actor with the ARTEF (Yiddish Proletarian Theater) company in New York, but became better known for his noir films Brute Force, The Naked City, and Thieves’ Highway in the 1940s. His 1960 film Never on Sunday earned the music Academy Award (Manos Hadjidakis, Ta Paidia tou Peiraia), and the Cannes Film Festival best actress award (Melina Mercouri). …

He was considered a major Philhellen to the point of Greek officials describing him as a “first generation Greek”. Along with his last wife, Melina Mercouri, he opposed the Greek military junta. A major supporter of the return of the Elgin Marbles to Athens, for which he established the Melina Mercouri Institution, he missed the opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum by only a few months due to his death at the age of 96.

See also here. And here. And here.

Richard Widmark: here.

Review of the film Trumbo: here.

Actress Deborah Kerr: here.

Questions and answers on the Hollywood blacklists—Part 1: here.

Letter: BBC program looks at the life of blacklisted actor/director Sam Wanamaker: here.

The career of French film director Eric Rohmer: here.

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