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These refugees who have changed the world. Jules Dassin. Jules Dassin was born Julius Dassin, December 18th, 1911 in Middletown, Connecticut, and died March 31, 2008 in Athens, Greece. He is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor, Greek freeman.

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Jules Dassin was born Julius Dassin, December 18th, 1911 in Middletown, Connecticut, and died March 31, 2008 in Athens, Greece. He is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor, Greek freeman.


He is best known for films Forbans The Night (1950) and Du Rififi(1955). He went into exile in Europe at the time of the Hollywood blacklist. He met the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, he directed eight films, including Never on Sunday (1960) or Topkapi (1964) and he married in 1966.

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Graduated in 1936, he held various jobs in the film industry, including assistant director alongside Alfred Hitchcock. This is where his son Joe was born, future star of French song.

  • He also works as a screenwriter and director of productions, and author for the issuance of "The Kate Smith Show" radio.

It was during the filming of Two's Company, in full crackdown maccarthiste that began his problems with the U.S. authorities. Denounced as a communist by two witnesses, he is summoned to appear before the committee of the House of Representatives on Un-American Activities.


Recorded on the blacklist of the Hollywood movie industry, his career collapsed. Jules Dassin is then forced into exile in Europe.


After a difficult start (most of his films are banned in the United States) and several film projects, he finally receives the support of a French producer for the making of a film in 1955, "Du Rififi" . Low-budget film about the adventures of a jewel thief, co-written and performed by Jules Dassin under the assumed name Perlo Vita, he won an amazing success not only in Europe but also America.


His greatest success remains probably "Never on Sunday" , a 1960 film whose action takes place in Greece. The story is that of a prostitute, played by the actress Melina Mercouri he would later marry. Jules Dassin plays in this film the role of the main character, a naive American tourist who tries to get back on the right path. On both sides of the Atlantic, the film is a huge hit and earned him a nomination for an Oscar for best director.


-`These movies:

  •    1955 Du Rififi
  •    1962 Phaedra
  •    1964: Topkapi
  •   1970: The Promise at Dawn
  • 1978: Women Cry
  • 1980: Circle of Two

Joe Dassin was born November 5th, 1938 in New York and died 20 August 1980 in Papeete, Tahiti, he is a singer and a Franco-American composer. Sixteen years of career (1964-1980), he had many successes in the Francophonie and everywhere.


He composedtitles for French singers : France Gall, Carlos and Marie Laforêt

  • He song  :
  • L'été indien
  • Siffler sur la colline
  • Les champs Elysées :



  • Country of origin:

Czech Republic

  • Country of Asylum:


  • Date of Birth:

April 1, 1929


Milan Kundera, born 1st April, 1929 in Brno (Czech Republic today) is a French writer of Czech origin. He emigrated to France in 1975, he obtained French nationality on the 1st of July 1981. He wrote his first books in Czechoslovakia, but now uses the French.


He received the Medicis Prize abroad in 1973 for Life Is Elsewhere, Jerusalem Prize in 1985, Today Prize in 1993 for The Testaments Betrayed, the Herder Prize in 2000, the Grand Prize for Literature French Academy for all of his work in 2001, the world prize Cino Del Duca in 2009 and the prize of the BNF in 2012.

  • His name was mentioned several times on the lists of Nobel Literature. His work has been translated into thirty languages​​.

In 1975, with his wife Verra, he left Czechoslovakia for France. First he lies on the thirtieth floor of the tower horizons in Rennes, a "really ugly" city according to him where he teaches as a guest professor in literature compared to the Rennes University until 1979, when he joined the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. In 1979 François Mitterrand , the President of France, awarded him the French nationality at the same time as Julio Cortazar.


His latest books:

  • The Feast of insignificance in 2014
  • Identity in 1998
  • Immortality in 1990

Thanks to all these artists in music, literature and cinema who contributed to enrich French culture, thanks to their native culture.