Jules Dassin was one of the unfortunate souls who experienced the cruelty of McCarthyism firsthand. His career in Hollywood was abruptly ended after finding out the news of his blacklisting, and so the director re-located to France and spent the remainder of his life there. It makes perfect sense, then, that this interview deals extensively with the American film system and its impersonal, star-vehicle productions. Dassin amusingly begins the discussion by detailing his time on set with Joan Crawford, who, allegedly, was not a fan of hearing the word “cut”.
This interview can also be found on Criterion’s release of Night and the City.