Night and the City Night and the City

Night and the City

Jules Dassin

 
Night and the City (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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

Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. 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 while Hollywood blacklisters back home were closing in on director Jules Dassin, Night and the City, also starring Gene Tierney, is film noir of the first order, and one of Dassin’s crowning achievements.

Cast

Harry FabianRichard Widmark
Mary BristolGene Tierney
Helen NosserossGoogie Withers
Adam DunnHugh Marlowe
Philip NosserossFrancis L. Sullivan
KristoHerbert Lom
GregoriusStanislaus 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 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Complete 101-minute British version of the film
  • Audio commentary from 2005 with film scholar Glenn Erickson
  • Interview with director Jules Dassin from 2005
  • Excerpts from a 1972 television interview with Dassin
  • Comparison of the scores for the British and American versions of the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Paul Arthur

    New cover by Owen Smith

Film Essays

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Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

By Paul Arthur August 03, 2015

A work of subterranean doom, Jules Dassin’s London-set noir classic releases an amoral protagonist into an urban maze of paranoia. Read more »

Features

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Dark Passages: Tough and Not-So-Tough Guys

By Imogen Sara Smith April 03, 2017

What defines noir acting? In her latest Dark Passages column, Imogen Sara Smith examines the stylistic variety in some of the genre’s most iconic male performances, including Burt Lancaster in . . . Read more »


Interviews


Film Essays

Night_city_thumbnail

Night and the City: In the Labyrinth

By Paul Arthur August 03, 2015

A work of subterranean doom, Jules Dassin’s London-set noir classic releases an amoral protagonist into an urban maze of paranoia. Read more »


Big Screen


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 »

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