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Jules Dassin

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Sunday, February 23 2014

A Little Ominous Noir Music Makes Jules Dassin's 'Rifif' Nearly Perfect

This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.


Thursday, May 17 2007

Brute Force (1947)

The inability of the filmmakers to deliver any kind of lasting victory for the inmates with whom the audience identifies forces the movie down particularly dark cul de sacs.


Sunday, April 1 2007

The Naked City (1948)

This film's repetitive structures, meticulous legwork, and melting pot locations would become a staple of television crime-solvers.


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Friday, September 16 2011

'Phaedra': May/December (or at least September)

The Greeks have a word for it.


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