Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices
This stylish Anglo-American thriller from 1950, one of the most baroque and bleak of all film noirs, stars iconic tough guy Richard Widmark (Panic in the Streets) and Laura beauty Gene Tierney, under the hard-edged direction of Oscar-nominated Jules Dassin (Rififi, The Naked City).
“Breathlessly exhilarating … filled with nihilistic nastiness … the archetypical film noir.” – Nick Schager, Slant
Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (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 that will serve as his ticket to the top. Fate, of course, has other ideas. 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. Shot in Britain, while Hollywood black-listers back home in America were closing in on director Dassin, the film’s luminous black and white cinematography and seedy set design render the streets of London as a shadowy, menacing noir nightmare. Propelled by an intensely feral performance by Widmark (in what Pauline Kael called “possibly his best role”), Night and the City is film noir of the first order. (Dir. by Jules Dassin, 1950, UK/USA, 96 mins., Not Rated)