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Night and the City (1950) (1950)

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Director:

Jules Dassin

Starring:

Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom

Genres:

Crime, Film Noir, Thriller, US Classics

Origin:

USA

Certificate:

P

Languages:

English

Sound formats:

Mono

Running Time:

92 min

Night and the City (1950)

synopsis


Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and Googie Withers star in Jules Dassin's Night and the City, a hard-boiled drama boasting all the benchmarks of a classic film noir.

Harry Fabian is a fast-talking hustler who is always on the make. When he happens upon Gregorious, a famous and frustrated Greco-Roman wrestler, Harry seizes the chance to finally get rich quick with a dazzling, daring scheme to hold a top-bill wrestling match. Before long, Harry finds himself a target thanks to his greed, trapped in an unfamiliar city which has morphed into a hellish urban jungle.

Filmed in grimy post-war London, in the era of the Hollywood witch hunts, Dassin's own fears manifest in the cityscape: unfamiliar, dark and menacing, the urban environment becomes as much a threat as the villainous characters, and is testimony to the era's paranoia and underlying viciousness.

DVD Special Features
Audio commentary by Dr. Wendy Haslem, Lecturer in Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne and Dr Alex Ling, Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne

HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS: RICHARD WIDMARK: a profile

Original theatrical trailer

 
 

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