JULES DASSIN: From Middletown to Hollywood and beyond
NEVER ON SUNDAY
1960. Greece/USA. Dir: Jules Dassin. With Melina Mercouri, Dassin. 91 min.
Opa! In this lively comedic fable of American arrogance, a pretentious yank (the director himself) visits a Greek fishing village and tries to reform a popular local prostitute to his standards of intellectual grandeur. But that Hellenic Holly Golightly and the lusty locals might have a thing or two to teach him instead. Dassin series introduction by Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.April 30th
BRUTE FORCE1947. USA. Dir: Jules Dassin. With Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn. 98 min.
The harshest of Dassin’s socially conscious films noir concerns prison inmates suffering under a power-mad security chief who pushes institutional cruelty to the point of sadism. The imprisoned men reflect on their former lives as they channel their present frustration into a risky escape attempt. Co-sponsored by the Center for Prison Education.
RAFIFI1955. France. Dir: Jules Dassin. With Jean Servais, Carl Möhner. 122 min.
Four men devise an elaborate plot to rob a jewelry store, but tensions arise as plans start to go awry. This canonical caper flick builds to one of the most nail-biting heist scenes you’ll ever see, played out in total silence. Take careful notes: If that grad school thing doesn’t pan out, you can always fall back on a life of crime.