Dassin, Jules

 sieff-1958-jules-dassin-fb Name: Jules Dassin

Born: December 18, 1911

Strengths: Visuals, Story

Weakness: Consistency

Best Movie: Rififi

Rating:    rating-153609_640 5.0

Review:

Born in the US to Russian-Jewish parents, Jules Dassin made his name as one of his country’s most prodigious directors with film-noir classics such as Brute Force, The Naked City, and the London-shot Night and the City. However, after being accused of having past communist affiliations by colleagues Edward Dmytryk and Frank Tuttle during the McCarthy witch-hunts of the 1950’s, he was forced to move to Europe. In France, he crafted what has gone down as possibly the best film-noir of all time, Rififi, a hardbitten heist movie flush with innovation that was to define the genre and the medium for years to come. It was this movie and the critical response it received in Cannes that underlined what would become his renowned mastery in composition, visuals, and sound. After the HUAC lost credibility, Dassin was welcomed back to the US with open arms but he continued to work mostly in Europe for the remainder of his career. His last series of films, mainly shot in Greece starring his new wife Melina Mercouri, are generally regarded as misguided and absent of the intense focus of his earlier work, the entertaining caper movie Topkapi being a notable exception.

Vision
5
Style
5
Structure
3
Visuals
3
Sound
5
Innovation
4
Discipline
3
Story-telling
4
Production
4
Average
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