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A Farewell to Jules Dassin

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Jules Dassin (born Julius Dassin), famous noir films director passed away yesterday at age 96. Dassin was an American-born director who moved to France in 1952 after being subject to McCarthy’s communist blacklist in Hollywood. Married to Melina Mercouri, a well respected and highly active Greek actress and politician, Dassin filmed in 1960 “Never on Sunday,” winning the music Academy Award in Manos Hadjidakis’ music, and a nomination for Best Director, while Merkouri won the Award for Best Actress in Cannes Film Festival the same year. Together, they also filmed “Phaedra” (1962) and “Topkapi,” two other films which won the public’s heart and critics’ admiration. Living a large part of his life in Greece, he was considered a true Philhellene, to the point of Greek officials describing him as “a first generation Greek.” Mercouri and he opposed to the Greek junta and later on were major supporters of the return of the Elgin marbles to Athens, establishing the Melina Merkouri Foundation. Continue reading

Theo Angelopoulos “Dust of Time” to be Released Before the Cannes Film Festival in May

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  “The Dust of Time,” Theo Angelopoulos’ latest film to be released some time before the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a dark drama about a mother in search of her lost son, featuring Willem Dafoe, Irene Jacob and Michel Piccoli. The story unfolds in the former Soviet Union, the Austrian-Hungarian borders, Italy and New York between 1953 and 1974, from the eve of Stalin’s death to Nixon’s resignation in the United States and the fall of the Greek junta.
Theo Angelopoulos: Filmography; Secretariat General of Information: World Media on Greece – Culture; About Greece, Cinema; Greek News Agenda: Thessaloniki International Film Festival