NIGHT AND THE CITY
1950, 20th Century Fox, 96 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

One of the most baroque and bleak film noirs of them all, its greatness - besides Richard Widmark's devastating portrayal of the maniacal, pathetic con man and small-time promoter Harry Fabian - is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry's headlong descent into hell. Featuring an unforgettable supporting rogue's gallery, including Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis L. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki, Stanislaus Zbyszko - and the gorgeous Gene Tierney (LAURA). With a screenplay by Jo Eisinger from the novel by Gerald Kersh.


GILDA
1946, Sony Repertory, 110 min, USA, Dir: Charles Vidor

Put the Blame on Mame! GILDA put Glenn Ford on the map as one of the unique leading men of his generation, and helped elevate Rita Hayworth to Hollywood superstardom in the 1940s. Rita stars as the sultry, torch-singing wife of a South American casino owner (George Macready), who finds herself in serious hot water when she re-connects with former flame Ford. "This is Gilda, Beautiful Deadly, Using all a Woman's Weapons - in Love - and for Revenge."


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