I watched Jules Dassin’s Night And The City today. It’s a truly great film that stands the test of time, and I think a lot of it is down to Richard Widmark’s lead performance. Widmark has a strange kind of face; babyish and innocent, but never far from weaselly desperation - perfect for the small-time hustlers he plays in Night And The City and Pickup On South Street. He’s a noir antihero who never seems quite at home in a noir environment; a little too innocent for the brutal underworlds his characters try to navigate through. They may not inspire the audience’s sympathy, but they always inspire empathy.