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While the City Sleeps

Suspense as startling as a strangled scream!
While the City Sleeps
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: May 13, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 18


User Ratings: 886
Lang's most underrated movie. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- Lang's finest film since The Big Heat and his last great success, While the City Sleeps is a crime drama sending its lead actors on a twisted, dog-eat-dog journey into the underworld in their quest for success. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 15, 2014
The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Oct 15, 2014
Fritz Lang's fabulously cynical noir-inflected thriller is as much a satire on media machinations as an old-fashioned detective story...
Sight and Sound
Nov 1, 2010
Inventive as both a crime thriller, and a look at the omnipresent modern media. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 20, 2005
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It may not be in the same league as Metropolis, M or The Big Heat, but there are enough interesting elements to make it worthy of rediscovery. Full Review
Future Movies UK
Sep 11, 2010
Plot intricacies are deftly interwoven, with director Fritz Lang doing a topflight job of balancing the ingredients without dragging the pace. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009

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"Ask mother," says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It's a sensational story -- if it bleeds, it leads -- and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer.

Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early-career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.

Product Description:

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS is one of Fritz Lang's must successful American movies and a classic of the psychological Noir genre. It is not merely a thriller, but rather a multi-layered vision of the power and problems both of the press and of humanity's all-encompassing greed. The editor of a flailing New York City paper dies just as a series of sex murders sweep the city. His dastardly son (Vincent Price) takes over the paper and pits three rival editors against each other in a contest to see which one of them can crack the case and identify the killer. As the murderer continues to stalk the city's women, the reporters go all out to catch him in hopes of securing the top spot at the newspaper. While several of the editors use their girlfriends to bait the killer, airing taunting television spots attempting to rouse his anger, Lang paints a portrait of professional greed and moral weakness in the face of physical danger. Set both in stark glass-walled newspaper offices and in the dark and dense streets of New York City, the killer's crimes take a back seat to the film's focus on the dog-eat-dog race of the three editors to win the favor of the newspaper's owner.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: May 1956
  • WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS was filmed in New York in 1955.
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  • Sales Rank: 2,012
  • UPC: 883316270615
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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