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.
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.