Born 18 December 1911, Middletown, Connecticut, USA.
Jules Dassin is about to be rediscovered with the re-release of the virtually unobtainable gem Rififi (1955). However, Dassin is also the director behind Brute Force (1947), The Naked City (1948), Thieves' Highway (1949), Night and the City, (1950)---the latter three shot on location in their respective cities, New York, San Francisco, and London---that earned him renown as an American "neo-realist." But just as he was gaining recognition as a director, he was forced into exile in Europe as a result of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, in which he was one of the people the HUAC forced Edward Dmytryk to identify as communist.
Poster for original release of Rififi (1955).
Brute Force (1947)|
The Naked City (1948)
Thieves' Highway (1949)