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Director: Jules Dassin
Main cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Ada Reeve, Ken Richmond, Adelaide Hall, Eliot Makeham, Betty Marsden, Derek Blomfield, Clifford Buckton, Peter Butterworth, Edward Chapman
Synopsis: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and Googie Withers star in Jules Dassin's Night and the City, a hard-boiled drama boasting all the benchmarks of a classic film noir. Harry Fabian is a fast-talking hustler who is always on the make. When he happens upon Gregorious, a famous and frustrated Greco-Roman wrestler, Harry seizes the chance to finally get rich quick with a dazzling, daring scheme to hold a top-bill wrestling match. Before long, Harry finds himself a target thanks to his greed, trapped in an unfamiliar city which has morphed into a hellish urban jungle. Filmed in grimy post-war London, in the era of the Hollywood witch hunts, Dassin's own fears manifest in the cityscape: unfamiliar, dark and menacing, the urban environment becomes as much a threat as the villainous characters, and is testimony to the era's paranoia and underlying viciousness.
Year: 1950
Format: DVD

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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
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