The Losses of 2008

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It’s always with a sense of sadness that we at the Freak look back on some of the larger  losses the classic film world suffered over the last year.

  • Jules Dassin.  American director, screenwriter and actor who found success making movies in Europe after he was blacklisted in the United States because of his earlier ties to the Communist Party, died Athens, where he had lived since the 1970s.  He was 96. Mr. Dassin is most widely remembered for films he made after he fled Hollywood in the 1950s, including “Never on Sunday” (1960), with the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, whom he later married; “Topkapi”(1964), with Ms. Mercouri, Peter Ustinov and Maximilian Schell; and the 1954 French thriller “Rififi.”  ( from The New York Times, April 1, 2008)