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Night and the City

Jules Dassin

 
Night and the City (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1950
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #274

Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) aches for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko). But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh––and Fabian soon learns the horrible price of his ambition. Luminously shot in the streets of London, Jules Dassin’s Night and the City is film noir of the first order and one of the director’s crowning achievements.

Cast

Harry FabianRichard Widmark
Mary BristolGene Tierney
Helen NosserossGoogie Withers
Adam DunnHugh Marlowe
Philip NosserossFrancis L. Sullivan
KristoHerbert Lom
GregoriousStanislaus Zbyszko
The StranglerMike Mazurki
Mickey BeerCharles Farrell

Credits

DirectorJules Dassin
ScreenplayJo Eisenger
From the novel byGerald Kersh
MusicFranz Waxman
CinematographyMax Greene
Art directionC.P. Norman

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Glenn Erickson
  • New video interview with director Jules Dassin
  • Excerpts from a 1972 French interview with Dassin
  • A comparison by Christopher Husted of the Bernard Hermann estate of the two scores recorded for the British and American releases of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Plus: a new essay by film critic Paul Arthur

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

By Paul Arthur January 31, 2005

Within film noir’s unparalleled roster of resonant titles—Kiss of Death, Out of the Past, Where Danger Lives, to name three—none is more emblematic or iconographically cogent than Night and the . . . Read more »

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Clippings

Night and the City and the Guardian

December 16, 2010

Guardian film editorAndrew Pulver, the author of the BFI Film Classicsmonograph on Jules Dassin’sNight and the City, has distilled his appreciation of the film into a column for the paper. “It’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

By Paul Arthur January 31, 2005

Within film noir’s unparalleled roster of resonant titles—Kiss of Death, Out of the Past, Where Danger Lives, to name three—none is more emblematic or iconographically cogent than Night and the . . . Read more »