Film No More Dasein for Dassin.
posted by April 1 at 12:29 PMon
The man who created the greatest heist sequence in all of cinema (it’s in Rififi) is now dead to us and himself.
American film director Jules Dassin has died in an Athens hospital after a short illness, at the age of 96.
Blacklisted in Hollywood after WWII, he went to Europe where he married the late Greek actress and later culture minister Melina Mercouri…
Mr Dassin was born in the US state of Connecticut on 18 December 1911.
He worked as an actor and theatre producer before becoming an assistant to film director Alfred Hitchcock.
He was active in leftist politics and in the early 1950s his promising Hollywood career was cut short when he was named as a communist and blacklisted.
He met Ms Mercouri at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 where he won the best director prize for his film Rififi. Its long heist sequence, without dialogue, became a template for many later crime capers
And now for a special, special treat: the trailer for Rififi, a film that was made in 1955, in Paris, and described by one critic as having “enough raw sex to elevate every eyebrow.” (Erecting eyebrows was a big deal back then.)