Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).
He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Samuel Dassin and Berthe Vogel. Young Dassin grew up in Harlem, and he attended Morris High School in the Bronx, graduating in 1929. After taking acting classes in Europe, he returned to New York. In 1934, he became and actor with the ARTEF Players (Arbeter Teater Farband), and was a member of the troupe until 1939. Dassin played character roles in Yiddish, mainly in the plays by Sholom Aleichem. But upon discovering “that an actor I was not,” he switched to directing and writing. At that time, he joined the Communist Party of the United States, but left the party in 1939, he said, disillusioned after the Soviet Union signed a pact with Adolf Hitler… read more
Fine cast who've all done better work elsewhere carp & caper their way through this garish, pseudo-glamorous sixties escapade taken from an Eric Ambler story. Of course, the heist itself set many standards for all that followed. Don't miss the Turkish Oil Wrestling bit. Great cars.
Una película ligera, colorida y muy entretenida. Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell y Peter Ustinov derrochan estilo y carisma como pocos. Cabe destacar la brillante secuencia del robo que, posteriormente, inspiraría la célebre secuencia del cuartel general de la CIA en Misión: Imposible (Brian De Palma, 1996)
Language: English, French, Turkish
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Director: Jules Dassin
Jules Dassin s’est évidemment fait connaître par son formidable La cité sans voiles ou encore l’excellent Les démons de la liberté. Ici, il arrive avec un film bien plus léger, mais pas inintéressant… read review
Blacklisted Hollywood director Jules Dassin (“Night and the City” & “The Naked City”) headed to Istanbul for this comic caper, adapted from the more sombre novel “The Light of Day” by Eric Ambler… read review