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Never on Sunday (1960)
April 30, 2011, 10:39 pm
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Director: Jules Dassin

A modernization of the Pygmalion myth, Never on Sunday made a star out of the 40-year-old Melina Mercouri as the familiar “hooker with a heart of gold” sexpot. As lively as she is on screen, as the leading man Jules Dassin is completely unsuitable. Even in overplaying every gesture, he lacks magnetism, a deficiency that is only further amplified by the supreme charisma of Mercouri. A great director of dark thrillers, this type of territory (The Law also submerges the viewer into the specifics of a small European town) isn’t well suited for Dassin, who seems to have a need for plot convolutions if only to offer something interesting for his characters to do.