Night and the City

Night and the City ★★★★

The high cost of a scheming, low-down wolf dreaming big in sheep's clothing as evidenced by his rapid decline and repeatedly wronging the one person that actually cares for him despite a monumental losing streak. Widmark perfectly embodies the infectious, childlike temperament of Fabian's that proves time and again he's undeniably got a way with scummy coercion, yet he's so intoxicated by the notion of finally succeeding that he throws blinders on to those he crosses sealing his fate on all sides. Definitely one of the meanest indictments of foolhardy ambition, greed and ne'er-do-well self-sabotage in the noir game, wholly embracing this too-eager conman's mounting, inescapable doom of his own devising.

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