Jules Dassin – Night and the City [+Extras] (1950)


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 soon Fabian 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.

Extra Features:
– Audio commentary by Glenn Erickson, author of the Film Noir Reader essay on Night and the City
– New video interview with director Jules Dassin
– Excerpts from a 1972 French interview with Dassin (with English subtitles)
– A comparison of the two scores recorded for the British and American releases of the film
– Original theatrical trailer
– Subtitles: English



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