This article examines fictional film narratives from the perspectives of a
chrono-urbanism, concerned with the ways in which cinema maps the unfolding of time
in cities. It examines how films treat the urban night – as territory, as one side of
a boundary, as a substance which falls upon the city. These treatments are explored
by examining a limited corpus of single-night narratives, films whose narratives
unfold over a single night. Drawing on a variety of recent texts that trace the
history of the night in cities, this article distinguishes between different
narrative patterns within which the urban night unfolds and becomes meaningful.