Cry of the City (DVD) (DVD)
A classic film-noir directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Shelley Winters, Victor Mature and Richard Conte.
A masterpiece of law and disorder, Robert Siodmak's film noir classic depicts a timeless battle of good versus evil on the streets of New York.
Charismatic criminal, Martin Rome (Richard Conte) is on the run from Lieutenant Candella (Victor Mature), a dogged cop and one-time friend. The two nemeses go head-to-head in a tense game of cat and mouse, leading to a dramatic showdown.
Insolent, menacing yet darkly charming, Conte is magnificent, whilst Mature gives a career best performance as the unsettlingly obsessed detective.
Cry of the City boasts a glorious gallery of shady figures, from a lawyer oozing corruption to a memorably sadistic masseuse, whilst the film's steely realism is enhanced by flourishes of noir stylisation, anticipating the films of Martin Scorsese.
Special features Original theatrical trailer Audio commentary with Adrian Martin Adrian Wootton on Cry of the City (2016): a newly filmed appreciation by the critic and chief executive of Film London Fully illustrated booklet with credits and newly commissioned essays
US | 1948 | black and white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 92 minutes | original aspect ratio 1.37:1 | DVD9 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (192kbps) | Region 2 | cert 12 Review **** --Guardian'A classic awaiting rediscovery' --Geoff Andrew'Rome's minestrone-serving Mama and tearaway little brother Tony could have come straight from a Scorsese movie' --Time Out
Running Time: 92 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 22 Aug. 2016