Night and the City

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Overview

Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian Richard Widmark running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary Gene Tierney, a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the physically grotesque Phil Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan. Harry, who also works for Phil steering unsuspecting customers to the club, comes up with a plan to ...
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Overview

Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian Richard Widmark running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary Gene Tierney, a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the physically grotesque Phil Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan. Harry, who also works for Phil steering unsuspecting customers to the club, comes up with a plan to wrest control of professional wrestling from promoter and underworld kingpin Kristo Herbert Lom by manipulating Kristo through his father, retired wrestling great Gregorius Stanislaus Zbyszko. For financial backing, Harry turns to Phil and Phil's wife Helen Googie Withers, both of whom give him the money, but only to further their own ends. When Gregorius is accidentally killed by his protege's upcoming opponent, Strangler Mike Mazurki, and Phil realizes that Helen is leaving him for Harry, the scheme quickly unravels. Truly a glimpse of hell, Night and the City's distorted visuals and dark symbolism depict an underworld from which there is no escape and in which redemption comes at a very high price.
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Special 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 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; New essay by film scholar Paul Arthur
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Night and the City is a grim, film noir adaptation of Gerald Kersh's similarly grim source novel. Director Jules Dassin, forced to leave Hollywood because of the 1950s blacklist, effectively uses his London setting to create an urban nightmare. The film is dominated by its downbeat ambience and the moral ambiguity of its characters. There is a protagonist, but he is neither a hero nor an anti-hero. As might have been expected, the film did poorly in its initial US theatrical release. The performances are consistently strong, particularly the lead performance of Richard Widmark. While never greatly popular with audiences, Night and the City presages such intense urban films as Taxi Driver and Seven; the star of the former, Robert De Niro, also starred in a subsequent remake of Night and the City.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • UPC: 715515015721
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Subtitled / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,241

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Harry Fabian
Gene Tierney Mary Bristol
Googie Withers Helen Nosseross
Hugh Marlowe Adam Dunn
Francis L. Sullivan Phil Nosseross
Herbert Lom Kristo
Stanislaus Zbyszko Gregorius
Mike Mazurki Strangler
Charles Farrell Beer
Charles Farrell Beer
Ada Reeve Molly
Ken Richmond Nikolas
Derek Blomfield
Edward Chapman
Maureen Delaney Anna Siberia
Aubrey Dexter
Thomas Gallagher Bagrag
James Hayter Figler
Kay Kendall
Eliot Makeham Pinkney
Gibb McLaughlin
Betty Shale Mrs. Pinkney
Russell Westwood Yosh
Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick De Maggio Editor
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Mutz Greenbaum Cinematographer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
C.P. Norman Art Director
Sid Stone Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:24]
2. Saint Mary [6:14]
3. Adam Dunn [2:46]
4. The Silver Fox [2:30]
5. The American Bar [2:56]
6. Gregorius [3:59]
7. "Here's to Champagne" [3:39]
8. Figler [2:22]
9. Helen's 200 Quid [5:39]
10. Mr. Chilk. Fergus Chilk [5:25]
11. Fabian Promotions [2:12]
12. Hermes Kristo [:04]
13. "Business, Business, Business" [3:33]
14. The Strangler [5:19]
15. "I Let My Boy Crush You" [2:48]
16. Nosseross' Phone Call [2:23]
17. The Wrestling Match [6:47]
18. "Papa" [5:26]
19. The Word Goes Out [5:00]
20. "You'll Be All Right" [2:44]
21. The Shot Tower [1:44]
22. "Everything Seems to Be in Order" [5:54]
23. Betrayals [1:23]
24. "Oh, Anna, the Things I Did" [3:54]
25. Color Bars [9:26]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         Introduction
         A Complicated Story
         Adam Dunn
         Harry's Money
         Americans and Cockneys
         Richard Widmark
         Gene Tierney Sings?
         James Hayter and Gibb McLaughlin
         Expressionist Visuals
         Racketeers in Film
         Iron Mike Mazurki
         Herbert Lom
         Different Versions
         Gerald Kersh
         The Novel
         The Novel, Continued
         Gene Tierney
         Art Versus Commerce
         The Tender Villain
         The Blacklist
         London
         Police Presence
         The Blacklist, Continued
         After Night and the City
         Color Bars
   Supplements
      Jules Dassin Interview
      2 Versions, 2 Scores
         Play
      Ciné-Parade Interview
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An excellent film noir

    A fast-moving plot and an amazing performance by Richard Widmark, I would highly recommend it

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