Night Owl

Night And The City

Viewed: 18 February 2006
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Listed in: Movies, Library

A small time American Hustler, hustles a bit too much in the postwar London underground. I was surprised how many Americans are in the London of the Night and the City. I suppose its a confort to domestic audiences. Harry Fabian, the hustler, is a man on the run for life. The film opens with him running away from a 5 pound debt (something like $10?), and follows one of his ill conceived attempts to find a life of ease and plenty. He sets of a fragile chain to control the London wrestling, which this being Film Noir, quickly comes apart sending Harry into a dark abyss. The camera masterfully records this dissent, ending with the sweet and simple justice of the street.

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