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Jules Dassin

  • Rififi with Jean Servais. The easiest, most obvious point to start with any thoughts on Jules Dassin’s Rififi is the thirty-minute heist that comprises its middle third. Without dialogue, the sequence unfolds with a complexity deceptive in its economy. Even if a viewer has watched…

  • John Howard Lawson Remembered “First Writers Guild president. Playwright. Screenwriter. Oscar nominee. Organizer. Teacher. ‘Premature antiracist.’ Blacklistee. ‘Dean of the Hollywood Ten.’ Jailbird. ‘Tinseltown’s cultural commissar.’ Film theorist. ‘Grand Pooh-Bah of the Communist movement.’ Author. ‘Gauleiter of the Hollywood Communist Party.’ “Who was this ‘man…

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