Melina Mercouri

  • Jules Dassin – 10:30 P.M. Summer (1966)

    Jules Dassin1961-1970DramaUSA
    10 30 P.M. Summer (1966)
    10 30 P.M. Summer (1966)

    During a thunderstorm, Greek alcoholic Maria, her English husband, Paul, their small daughter Judith, and traveling companion Claire seek refuge overnight in a small Spanish hotel. While drinking Maria observes Paul and Claire embracing on a balcony and is strangely excited.Read More »

  • Joseph Losey – The Gypsy and the Gentleman (1958)

    1951-1960DramaJoseph LoseyRomanceUSA

    Greek actress Melina Mercouri made her English-language film debut in The Gypsy and the Gentleman. Mercouri plays tempestuous gypsy girl Belle, while the “gentleman” is Sir Paul Deverill (Keith Michell). Escaping an arranged marriage, Sir Paul weds the bewitching Belle,who intends to take him for every penny he’s got, then move on to other lovers. Imagine her disappointment when she discovers that her prize catch is flat broke. All sorts of bizarre complications ensue, including the kidnapping of an heiress (June Laverick) by Belle’s gypsy compadres. Gypsy and the Gentleman was directed by American expatriate Joseph Losey, whose British film career wouldn’t truly get off the ground until his collaborations with Harold Pinter in the 1960s.by Hal EricksonRead More »

  • Jules Dassin – Kravgi gynaikon aka A Dream of Passion (1978)

    1971-1980ArthouseDramaGreeceJules Dassin

    Quote:
    The husband and wife team of director Jules Dassin and actress Melina Mercouri, who first enjoyed international success with the comedy Never on Sunday, collaborated for the last time on this powerful drama. Maya (Melina Mercouri) is a famous actress who is returning to the stage for a production of the classic Greek tragedy Medea, in which she will play the title character, a mother who murders her children. Kostas (Andreas Voutsinas), Maya’s former lover, will be directing Maya in the production, and when he discovers that Brenda (Ellen Burstyn), an American woman, is housed in a nearby Greek prison for killing her offspring, he suggests that Maya should meet Brenda as a means of better understanding her character. Read More »

  • Jules Dassin – Topkapi (1964)

    1961-1970ComedyCrimeJules DassinTurkeyUSA

    David Cornelius wrote:
    “Nine years after helping define the heist movie with the 1955 masterpiece “Rififi,” director Jules Dassin took another go at the genre, this time with a comedy. “Topkapi” is a lighter, breezier affair than Dassin’s earlier picture, but it’s in no way weaker or less memorable. In fact, it’s this movie that served as the inspiration for the classic TV series “Mission: Impossible,” and yes, it’s this film’s most memorable sequence that was, um, “borrowed” for the most memorable sequence of the 1996 “Impossible” movie.Read More »

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