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Night and the City (The Criterion Collection)
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- Audio commentary by film scholar Glenn Erickson
- Video interview with director Jules Dassin
- Excerpts from a 1972 French interview with Dassin
- Two Versions, Two Scores, a look at two different scores composed for the British and American releases of the film
- New essay by film critic Paul Arthur
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"Night and the City" takes place among the hustlers, club owners, and purveyors of evening entertainment in London. Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) works as a club tout for The Silver Fox nightclub, targeting monied guests at local hot spots, cozying up to them with tall tales, and sending them over to the club for a good time. But Harry's always got scheme to get rich, as opposed to a plan of how to make a living, much to his girlfriend Mary's (Gene Tierney) chagrin. Harry's "highly inflamed imagination, coupled by delusions of grandeur" -as his employer bluntly remarks- never get him anywhere but into debt. One night Harry overhears a conversation between a old Greco-Roman wrestling champion, Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko), and his son Kristo (Herbert Lom), the promoter for all London's wrestling matches. Harry sees the opportunity to exploit the elder man's distaste for the new flamboyant style of wrestling to set himself up as a promoter of old-style Greco-Roman wrestling. Gregorius agrees to work with him, and, although Kristo has a monopoly on wrestling in London, he is forced to allow Harry to proceed.Read more ›
There is an audio commentary by none other than the DVD Savant himself, Glenn Erickson, author of The Film Noir essay on Night and the City. Erickson touches upon the film's troubled production history and references the book, the film's script and both versions, including cut scenes. This is a very knowledgeable track as Erickson covers many aspects of the movie.
In the "Jules Dassin Interview," he talks about how the Hollywood blacklisting made his life difficult. The veteran director tells some fascinating anecdotes in this substantial extra.
"2 Versions, 2 Scores" examines the musical score for the British version by Benjamin Frankel and the American one by Franz Waxman. Waxman's score is more dynamic while Frankel's is not as melodramatic.
"Cine-Parade Interview" is a 1972 French interview with Dassin who talks about his life and career, including an amusing anecdote about shooting a scene with Joan Crawford.
Finally, there is a theatrical trailer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I no longer write reviews on Amazon movies. I have written well over 600 reviews but stopped when Amazon stopped informing the number of reviews I had written. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gary Gilfoy
I love the films of this director, Jules Dassin. He's an American crime drama filmmaker who made great movies in Europe too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B. Adducchio
A good film, but not a great one. Richard Widmark is excellent as a egocentric loser and the story (taking place on a given night...and boy is he busy! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Berigan Taylor
This very good and very influential film noir has been issued by Criterion in a remastered edition which well conveys the stark, expressionistic, brooding black and white... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Jon Corelis
Excellent movie. Taut drama. Too bad Hollywood has lost its imagination, and can no longer develop such good work. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by J. Smith
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