Jules Dassin

Night and the City

Night and the City

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.

Film Info

  • Jules Dassin
  • United States
  • 1950
  • 95 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #274

Special 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 by historian Christopher Husted
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Paul Arthur

    New cover by Owen Smith

Purchase Options

Special 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 by historian Christopher Husted
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Paul Arthur

    New cover by Owen Smith
Night and the City
Cast
Richard Widmark
Harry Fabian
Gene Tierney
Mary Bristol
Googie Withers
Helen Nosseross
Hugh Marlowe
Adam Dunn
Francis L. Sullivan
Philip Nosseross
Herbert Lom
Kristo
Stanislaus Zbyszko
Gregorius
Mike Mazurki
The Strangler
Charles Farrell
Mickey Beer
Credits
Director
Jules Dassin
Screenplay
Jo Eisenger
From the novel by
Gerald Kersh
Music
Franz Waxman
Cinematography
Max Greene
Art direction
C. P. Norman

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