I just learned from Vince Keenan that director Jules Dassin--who directed such landmark noirs as Brute Force (1947), The Naked City (1948), Thieves' Highway (1949) and Night and the City (1950)--has shuffled off this mortal coil. What terrible news to hear.
Paul Panzer over at In the Balcony once posted that Dassin was one of his least favorite directors because he thought the characters in Jules' films didn't ring true, particularly in City. He's wrong, of course, but he's entitled to his opinion.
R.I.P., Mr. Dassin. You will be missed.