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Night and the City (Criterion Collection) back to product details

Dassin's Best?
written by talltale January 15, 2006 - 8:39 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Another Jules Dassin knockout, NIGHT & THE CITY gives Richard Widmark one his best roles (among so many), doesn't give Gene Tierney that much screen time (watch the Dassin interview to learn why) but she's as good as she's ever been, and brings together post-WWII London, pro wrestling, after-hours clubs, a guy who tries hard to succeed but can't help being a grifter and a supporting cast of fascinating characters--each written and acted to the hilt. Only the sometimes heavy-handed musical score interferes with total success (but, hey, that was the 50s).

The movie is funny, bleak, poignant, exciting, and one of Dassin's--maybe his single--best. As usual, along with all else, it deals with the workplace and the interesting ways in which people earn their living. The Criterion transfer--of a film made fast and on a shoestring--is quite good, with only a few grainy sections. The first-class interview with Dassin on the DVD looks to have been taken from one long session which was split up into sections, each given over to a specific film. What a talent this fellow is--and what a guy!


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