UPTIGHT (Jules Dassin, 1968)

Jules Dassin interrupted his train of diversions and melodramas starring wife Melina Mercouri to make a movie that mattered to him: Uptight, a version of Liam O’Flaherty’s novel The Informer, about the Irish Rebellion, but this time transported to Cleveland, Ohio, slums (on-location shooting) and focused on African-American revolutionary unrest. Uptight is topical. On April […]

HE WHO MUST DIE (Jules Dassin, 1957)

Following the academic, lame, turgid Du rififi chez les hommes (Rififi, 1955), Connecticut-born Jules Dassin, blacklisted in the U.S., made another film in France; this one, however, was stirring and without doubt his most personal one ever. Celui qui doit mourir is an adaptation of the novel O Hristos Xanastavronetai—The Christ Recrucified—by Greece’s Nikos Kazantzakis. […]