Night and the City Reviews

  • 6d ago

    Riveting, with a top-notch cast. Widmark is outstanding as a small-time hustler driven by the dream of controlling wrestling in London. Fabulous, too, is Francis L. Sullivan, as a shrewd, witty night club owner who unfortunately loves his scheming wife - played masterfully by Googie Withers, with an energy that nearly incinerates everyone she comes near.

    Riveting, with a top-notch cast. Widmark is outstanding as a small-time hustler driven by the dream of controlling wrestling in London. Fabulous, too, is Francis L. Sullivan, as a shrewd, witty night club owner who unfortunately loves his scheming wife - played masterfully by Googie Withers, with an energy that nearly incinerates everyone she comes near.

  • Feb 21, 2020

    Dassin's well documented run and gun approach to shooting Night and the City is fully evident as the streets of London pop and fizzle under Dassin's eye with an energy and fever akin to its underworld story. The BFI transfer is of immense quality, pristine, the beautiful crisp lighting a rich tapestry opposite the realism and palpable heat of The Naked City. It's a tragic story with a ear-pleasing script and a colourful cast. There's a little redundancy with the girlfriend and the neighbor, but the toe-curling chutzpah of the main character makes every scene of him grifting and manipulating by the skin of his teeth a thing of constant nail biting pleasure. You can see the knives being lined up against his back and his slow spiral down and yet you can't tear away from watching how exciting it all is unfolding.

    Dassin's well documented run and gun approach to shooting Night and the City is fully evident as the streets of London pop and fizzle under Dassin's eye with an energy and fever akin to its underworld story. The BFI transfer is of immense quality, pristine, the beautiful crisp lighting a rich tapestry opposite the realism and palpable heat of The Naked City. It's a tragic story with a ear-pleasing script and a colourful cast. There's a little redundancy with the girlfriend and the neighbor, but the toe-curling chutzpah of the main character makes every scene of him grifting and manipulating by the skin of his teeth a thing of constant nail biting pleasure. You can see the knives being lined up against his back and his slow spiral down and yet you can't tear away from watching how exciting it all is unfolding.

  • Jan 27, 2020

    The movie improves at it goes, leading by the great actings (mainly, Vidmark and Tierney)

    The movie improves at it goes, leading by the great actings (mainly, Vidmark and Tierney)

  • Jan 01, 2020

    one of the all time champion noirs

    one of the all time champion noirs

  • Dec 22, 2019

    A small hidden and absolutely unexpected masterpiece; a very smart, fast-paced, nuanced and ultra bleak film noir, it really doesn't get darker than this one. A tale of vices, destructive ambitions, false feelings and betrayals and much more in this very complex drama. Even if the film is very clear in showcasing in a bad light the path of the main hero, it still yields the room for different interpretations, as close to the end, reflexing on his life full of wrong decisions he can't help but smiling as he mentions his being almost on the top of his ascendancy to success. A tremendous production this movie is; it reminds me a bit of 'Sweet Smell of Success'.

    A small hidden and absolutely unexpected masterpiece; a very smart, fast-paced, nuanced and ultra bleak film noir, it really doesn't get darker than this one. A tale of vices, destructive ambitions, false feelings and betrayals and much more in this very complex drama. Even if the film is very clear in showcasing in a bad light the path of the main hero, it still yields the room for different interpretations, as close to the end, reflexing on his life full of wrong decisions he can't help but smiling as he mentions his being almost on the top of his ascendancy to success. A tremendous production this movie is; it reminds me a bit of 'Sweet Smell of Success'.

  • Nov 19, 2017

    A gem which demands your full attention. Several excellent actors and a director who was dodging the Blackist make for a convoluted Film Noir which just doesn't want to stop. Possibly the most gripping fight scene as well.

    A gem which demands your full attention. Several excellent actors and a director who was dodging the Blackist make for a convoluted Film Noir which just doesn't want to stop. Possibly the most gripping fight scene as well.

  • May 13, 2017

    + What a great looking film for all of the film ages, cinematographers, & directors - a blacklisted & exiled director by Trumplican-like McCarthy'istic red staters of the '50's. + Can color never be as noir & cool & good as B&W? It seems not. This is a film school film - and it'd be fun to see Spielberg use its style for something. + Watch the Bluray extras with the director, Jules Dassin. He's better than that for which he's rec'd credit based on this effort. And even the French TV interview with its 1-camera movement seems ahead-of-its-time. + Gene Tierney is great. She was cast almost as an afterthought per Zanuck, and it seems that way, Yet she's terrific. The night-for-night non-process shots throughout also were terrific, including the 6-camera chase sequence near the end for the drowning. This film became more interesting & engaging as the old reels were unwound & changed, an ahead-of-its time production in many interesting & beautifully shot ways.

    + What a great looking film for all of the film ages, cinematographers, & directors - a blacklisted & exiled director by Trumplican-like McCarthy'istic red staters of the '50's. + Can color never be as noir & cool & good as B&W? It seems not. This is a film school film - and it'd be fun to see Spielberg use its style for something. + Watch the Bluray extras with the director, Jules Dassin. He's better than that for which he's rec'd credit based on this effort. And even the French TV interview with its 1-camera movement seems ahead-of-its-time. + Gene Tierney is great. She was cast almost as an afterthought per Zanuck, and it seems that way, Yet she's terrific. The night-for-night non-process shots throughout also were terrific, including the 6-camera chase sequence near the end for the drowning. This film became more interesting & engaging as the old reels were unwound & changed, an ahead-of-its time production in many interesting & beautifully shot ways.

  • Apr 16, 2017

    US version via BFI. Quite a film. Richard Widmark is great as is every element to dark and gritty thriller. Kept me rapt from start to finish.

    US version via BFI. Quite a film. Richard Widmark is great as is every element to dark and gritty thriller. Kept me rapt from start to finish.

  • Aug 09, 2016

    Absolutely classic film noir his very good and very influential film noir has been issued by Criterion in a remastered edition which well conveys the stark, expressionistic, brooding black and white cinematography. It stars Richard Widmark, in what many consider his best role, as a small-time hustler in London who, in trying to become a big shot in the underworld, weaves a destructive and ironic web around himself like a character in a Greek tragedy by trying to take over London's wrestling promotions. The acting in all supporting roles ranges from good to excellent, but the real star of the film is the London itself -- a bleak, grimy, angular underworld which is the opposite of the elegant or quaint London featured in so many films. Some critics have compared it to the landscape of bombed out Vienna in The Third Man, another expressionistic noir film about an American trapping himself in the decadence of a destroyed Europe. Night and the City also features what is probably the most gripping wrestling match ever put on film. Both great entertainment and a key film in the history of the noir genre, this can be recommended to everyone. Advisories: none in particular, though there are some adult situations.

    Absolutely classic film noir his very good and very influential film noir has been issued by Criterion in a remastered edition which well conveys the stark, expressionistic, brooding black and white cinematography. It stars Richard Widmark, in what many consider his best role, as a small-time hustler in London who, in trying to become a big shot in the underworld, weaves a destructive and ironic web around himself like a character in a Greek tragedy by trying to take over London's wrestling promotions. The acting in all supporting roles ranges from good to excellent, but the real star of the film is the London itself -- a bleak, grimy, angular underworld which is the opposite of the elegant or quaint London featured in so many films. Some critics have compared it to the landscape of bombed out Vienna in The Third Man, another expressionistic noir film about an American trapping himself in the decadence of a destroyed Europe. Night and the City also features what is probably the most gripping wrestling match ever put on film. Both great entertainment and a key film in the history of the noir genre, this can be recommended to everyone. Advisories: none in particular, though there are some adult situations.

  • Jul 27, 2016

    Well made unusual story of a man struggling for a break and finds it in wrestling. Very compelling. It's only shortfall seemed to be the many side stories that at one point distracted. I don't like widmark, but he was good in this one.

    Well made unusual story of a man struggling for a break and finds it in wrestling. Very compelling. It's only shortfall seemed to be the many side stories that at one point distracted. I don't like widmark, but he was good in this one.