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They live by night [videorecording] / RKO Radio Picture, Inc. ; a Dore Schary presentation ; screenplay by Charles Schnee ; adaptation by Nicholas Ray ; produced by John Houseman ; directed by Nicholas Ray

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[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]

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DVD special edition.
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels : illustrations ; 19 cm).
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Criterion collection ; 880
Criterion collection ; 880.
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DVD, NTSC, region 1; full screen (1.37:1) presentation; Dolby Digital monaural.
Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, Marie Bryant, Ian Wolfe, William Phipps, Harry Harvey.
In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Director of photography, George E. Diskant ; film editor, Sherman Todd ; music, Leigh Harline.
From the novel "Thieves like us" by Edward Anderson.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.
Full screen (1.37:1).
"Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical, dark love story, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America's outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie's fellow outlaws, who aren't about to let him go straight, they realize there's nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider's sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come"--Container.
Special features: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger; New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith; Short piece from 2007 with critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1956 interview with producer John Houseman. Container insert includes an essay "Dream Journey" by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz.
Anderson, Edward, 1905-1969 -- Film adaptations.
Prisons -- Mississippi -- Drama.
Ex-convicts -- Mississippi -- Drama.
Mississippi -- Drama.
Fugitives from justice -- Drama.
Escaped prisoners -- Drama.
Crime -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Film noir.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations.
Crime films.
Romance films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author
Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979, screenwriter, film director.
Houseman, John, 1902-1988, film producer.
Schary, Dore, presenter.
Schnee, Charles, 1916-1962, screenwriter.
O'Donnell, Cathy, 1925-1970, actor.
Granger, Farley, actor.
Da Silva, Howard, 1909-1986, actor.
Flippen, Jay C., 1899-1971, actor.
Craig, Helen, 1912-1986, actor.
Wright, Will, 1891-1962, actor.
Bryant, Marie, actor.
Wolfe, Ian, 1896-1992, actor.
Phipps, William, 1922- actor.
Harvey, Harry, 1929-1978, actor.
Diskant, George E., 1907-1965, director of photography.
Todd, Sherman, editor of moving image work.
Harline, Leigh, composer (expression)
Motion picture adaptation of (work) : Anderson, Edward, 1905-1969. Thieves like us.
RKO Radio Pictures, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Added Title
Container of (work): They live by night (Motion picture)
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