Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian aches for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by a history of go-nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances and pummeled flesh.
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No matter where Jules Dassin was or who he worked with, he could always deliver a by the numbers film noir that had a lot of heart and entertainment value. Richard Widmark also shines here in a very volatile performance.
Film noir classic from director Jules Dassin features screen icon Richard Widmark in possibly is greatest performance. Tightly-plotted with memorable characters (particularly Googie Withers' ambitious gangster's moll), excellent black and white cinematography, and great use of London locations. A true classic, and required viewing for film noir fans.
Night and the City is VERY DRAMATIC. It's a joy to just turn yourself over to relishing the melodramatic potential of cinema: lighting, camera angles, soundtrack, and performance. A long, deep, impassioned "roll in the celluloid" with the language of cinema.