Cinema: Not Always a Never

10:30 P.M. Summer. As the faithful friend, longtime Svengali, and now the husband of Melina Mercouri (they were married last May), Director Jules Dassin periodically attempts to trap some of her wild Greek energy on film. His tempestuous Trilby, in her sixth Dassin movie, proves just one thing: the family that plays together does not alway make a Never on Sunday.

A Greek bearing gifts of a Mercourial nature can only squander them in this lurid, leaden adaptation of a novel by Marguerite Duras, who also wrote Hiroshima, Mon Amour. While the screen moodily changes color, turning from light sepia to...

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