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Night and the City
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Jules Dassin


In NIGHT AND THE CITY, director Jules Dassin brilliantly fuses two styles of filmmaking, crossing the expressionist lighting and framing of film noir with the almost documentary location shooting he used for THE NAKED CITY (1948). Dassin treats NIGHT AND THE CITY's central London locations as strange exotic places. As the movie opens, it is nighttime and small-time hood Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) is running from almost unseen pursuers. Harry crosses in front of St. Paul's Cathedral, and Dassin shows this familiar tourist sight from a very high angle, then immediately juxtaposes a shot of Harry escaping through bombed-out ruins. While Dassin and director of photography Max Greene shoot exteriors from high angles or from cramped doorways, they shoot interiors from low angles catching their actors against heavily contrasted backgrounds. The result is a movie full of diamond-sharp, angst-ridden visuals.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 95 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1950

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United Kingdom

SUBTITLES - English

ATTRIBUTES - Full-Frame

Director

Jules Dassin

Producer

Samuel G. Engel

Screenwriter

Jo Eisinger

Actor

Mike Mazurki

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