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Night and the City (1950) Rastles Its Way onto the Criterion Collection

Night and the City [Blu-ray]

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The Criterion Collection released Night and the City to Blu-ray on August 4, 2015. Jules Dassin directed the film starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, and Googie Withers.

‘Night and the City’ Criterion Synopsis

Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh—and Fabian soon learns the horrible price of his ambition. Luminously shot in the streets of London while Hollywood blacklisters back home were closing in on director Jules Dassin, Night and the City, also starring Gene Tierney, is film noir of the first order, and one of Dassin’s crowning achievements.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Complete 101-minute British version of the film
  • Audio commentary from 2005 with film scholar Glenn Erickson
  • Interview with director Jules Dassin from 2005
  • Excerpts from a 1972 television interview with Dassin
  • Comparison of the scores for the British and American versions of the film by historian Christopher Husted
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Paul Arthur

New cover by Owen Smith

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20th Century Fox released Night and the City on June 9, 1950. Jules Dassin directed the film starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, and Googie Withers.

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