Night and the City

Night and the City

DVD - 2015
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Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian aches for a life of ease and plenty. With a history of nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime. But there is no easy money in this underworld and soon Fabian learns the horrible price of his ambition.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
ISBN: 9781681430287
1681430282
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (95 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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stevenlavigne1
Aug 26, 2017

While the Criterion Transfer is superb, and the movie looks glorious, these discs are full of commentary and extras. Not that I mind extras, but they don't include subtitles, and I like to have them, especially when I miss lines.

Furthermore, the music is too loud and the dialogue is too soft. There doesn't seem to be any happy medium in the sound department.

Still, this is a terrific movie!

ChampionMDR Mar 01, 2015

Tour de force for Richard Widmark. Film score by Franz Waxman is excellent. Story line plays well and supporting cast is high caliber. Top film noir.

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AQUILEA777
Jul 08, 2014

A bleak, difficult film. Should be seen, even if unlikable. Compare Jeanne Moreau's EVA.

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eusebius
Oct 31, 2013

Harry Fabian is fatally self-confident, and this will cost him dearly. A great film noir, Widmark, Googie Withers and Gene Tierney are all splendid. The camerawork is often gorgeous.

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Onewhoissaved
Apr 14, 2013

London, 1950, the war is ended but not for people struggling to make a living. Some people survive because they just won a bet, but only for today, tomorrow has yet to be earned. Harry Fabian is hustler who will make others pay the price for his latest scheme but now he will have to pay up with his own life. His woman loves him. She has made so many painful sacrifices to prop him up, but now her love won't be able to purchase him even a third class ticket on the train leading to dawn tomorrow. What makes her stick around for more pain from Harry? Tragically Harry is not the kind of man who thinks of anyone but himself; all will be let down. I first saw this film when I was just a boy. It is terrific.

aaa5756 Aug 09, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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Monolith
Apr 19, 2012

Harry Fabian's a talented b.s. artist, but a web of lies will always catch up with you eventually. Certainly not "a life of ease and plenty"... You get what you pay for. Great performance by Richard Widmark, not much of a part for Gene Tierney. Excellent, shadowy noir, with a dramatic musical score and sinister camera angles. It's even got Herbert Lom, (Commissioner Dreyfus - Inspector Clouseau's boss) as the evil Kristo, for crying out loud! ...I may check out the '92 remake with Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange... it won't/can't come close to this though, naturally. FIVE STARS.

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Janice21383
Apr 05, 2011

The darkest film noir. In 1950 London, the BEST thing that can happen to you is to lose your life savings, or to be beaten only half to death. Widmark's character has no redeeming characteristics, except, of course, being played by Richard Widmark. Bonuses: greco-roman wrestling, fur abuse.

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Monolith
Apr 19, 2012

Adam Dunn: "Harry's an artist without an art." Mary Bristol: "What does that mean?" Adam Dunn: "Well, that's something that could make a man very unhappy, Mary. Groping for the right lever, the means with which to express himself." Mary Bristol: "Yes, he is that, isn't he. I like that, Adam. It's a very nice thought." Adam Dunn: "Yes, but it can be dangerous."

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Monolith
Apr 19, 2012

Harry Fabian (to Anna O'Leary, the boat lady): "...All my life, I've been running... from welfare officers... from thugs... from my father... See... there they are - there, on the bridge... I'm a dead man... Nosseross told me that... He told me that, he said: "You've got it all, but you're a dead man, Harry Fabian...". Mary said it, too. She said it, she said: "You're killing me and you're killing yourself." Oh Anna, the things I DID... the things I DID... She loved me... she's such a nice kid... She loved me... Oh, the things I DID..."

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