Happy Birthday Julius “Jules” Dassin (December 18, 1911 – March 31, 2008)
Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
Noirvember Day Thirty-Two
Night and the City (1950) Trailer (by micarone)
A two bit con artist thinks he’s hit it big when he’s earned the trust of a great Greco Roman wrestler and tries to take over the London Wrestling scene by storm. Yet runs into opposition around every corner.
If there is any Noir film that plays hard on the idea that no matter what you do, you’re fucked, this is one of them. Richard Widmark plays “two bit” to the hilt, He is the complete polar opposite of Skip McCoy from Pickup On South Street. No witty banter covered by cool confidence, Harry Fabian is a cockroach always looking for the easy way out. A superb performance.
Jo Eisinger’s script really pulls out the grimy nature of the underworld. From the fat fuck of a dive club owner who sends Fabian to poach customers from other establishments to the Greek wrestling promoter putting on more flash then athleticism to the King of the Beggars himself having Fabian for tea, you literally can feel the dirt just dust up the screen while watching every minute of it.
A special point goes to Stanislaus Zbyszko for playing the part of Gregorious the wrestler. With help from notable heavy and fellow pro wrestler Mike Mazurki, he made his role look seamless and really made you feel for him. His match with Mazurki also drove the point home about the clashing styles of pro wrestling. I really wish fans of the medium could see this the same way they see their favorite by-the-numbers half assed movies.
The only negative this movie has is giving Hugh Marlowe and Gene Tierney nothing to do. Sure Tierney has a point in the film, but those scenes are far between. And Marlowe could have just done his scenes from the catering truck. He had no reason to be there.
This is a must have in the Noir canon.
The Naked City | Jules Dassin | 1948
Noirvember #27: Night and the City (1950, Jules Dassin)
“A heavy case.”
“What are you doing to the furniture?”
Now Playing… Jules Dassin’s The Naked City