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The Naked City
The soul of a city. Her glory stripped! Her passion bared!
The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #46
Fantastic early police procedural! I can definitely see why this Jules Dassin film in particular inspired Akira Kurosawa's film Stray Dog! Extraordinary shots of the bustling city, the wise, no nonsense inspector Muldoon gifted with the foresight to understand that the devil is in the details! Pair him up with a greenhorn detective, a complex murder case and you've got a film noir worthy of your attention!
My big pet peeve was the totally amateur and unnecessary narration that reminded me of early Disney films involving wildlife scenes.. like otters playing in the snow! It may be cute filler in Disney films but it was darn right annoying in this crime drama!
The Naked City is a film noir detective story nestled within a semi-documentary city symphony film. The story, itself, involving a murder of young model, stolen jewelry and an acrobatic wrestler is enjoyable enough (highlighted by a humorous performance from Barry Fitzgerald as Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon), but the cityscape is the main attraction.
This is cinematographer William H. Daniels's film!
The beginning of Jules Dassin's The Naked City features some of the greatest aerial shots of NYC in stunning black-and-white. Actually, just, some of the greatest aerial shots of any city on film, rivaling Henri Alekan's gorgeous black-and-white aerials from Wings of Desire.
Aside from the aerials Daniels also expertly captures the city on the ground once the film's…
or, The Power of a Great Ending.
A very atypical noir that suffers in some area - namely script - but delivers (and better yet, innovates) in most others, with a denouement that is not just technically great filmmaking, but delivers a climax that brings a catharsis that you didn't think this movie had up its sleeve and contextualises it in this brilliant way, ending with that memorable line that in many ways has eclipsed the film itself, such is how often it's been appropriated since. The film is about how these stories and events in all our lives make us lose any sense of perspective - this case has an incredible impact on a small group of individuals, but…
There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.
The Naked City is a police procedural noir film that is directed by Jules Dassin with an almost documentary style visual with outstanding cinematography by William H. Daniels centered on a fantastic character performance by Barry Fitzgerald. This near masterpiece in the genre is almost ruined however by an unnecessary and intrusive narration by the film's producer.
I feel bad saying this, as producer Mark Hellinger considered this his love letter to New York City and passed away before it's release, but his narration almost ruined the entire experience for me. He doesn't narrate the film as a character or even an unknown…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While Arrow lend their talents far too often to trash, every now and then they put their talents to true art and The Naked City is one such film. Combining the film noir voice over narration with the “Voice of God” from your average documentary is an inspired decision amongst many - a film with such innovations as filming entirely on location (one of the first to do so in New York as the invention of "talkies" moved cinema to the controlled environments of sound stages) and depicting true police work with no gratuitous stylising. The on location black and white cinematography of 1940s New York City is utterly gorgeous, captured with silky, graceful movements of the camera and glossy…
Yes it's flawed, mainly in the pointless and sometimes annoying narrative, but The Naked City is full of all the great noir conventions, creating an eerie atmosphere, building suspense, and unveiling a tense climax through the maze of New York City.
The structure of the film is certainly one of the things that stuck out in my mind. The way it opened and closed with shots of the city creating a melancholy feeling that time has gone by, but nothing has changed. The photography (all on location) is something to marvel at, spiralling the viewer into the doomed city that has many more tales to be told.
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This film is very, very unique and probably inspired a lot of modern day directors. It looks good because of its noir appeal. There is almost a documentary feel with it's narrator, filling in important pieces of information. However, this is where most of the films good points end for me really.
A product of its time, the sound is poor, the acting is second rate set pieces feel cramped and dialogue written to reflect the times. The lead detective seem so out of date, it's quite amusing.
Stick with it though and you will definitely be rewarded with a good ending.
"This time yesterday, Jean Dexter was just another pretty girl, but now she's the marmelade on 10,000 pieces of toast."
Its semi-documentary style and location-shooting in Manhattan makes The Naked City extremely interesting as a time capsule. However, producer Mark Hellinger's constant narration hampers the proceedings, hindering it from becoming the thriller it could have been.
The first act is a fascinating early precursor to modern-day forensic dramas like CSI, as detectives (led by a colorful Barry Fitzgerald) do everything in their power to examine a murder scene. Then the beat cops take over, constantly aided by voice-over, and the film quickly feels way too talky. I don't like taking a shot at producer Hellinger since the film really is…
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As a police procedural/mystery The Naked City is not very remarkable. Not that it's bad.. just that I have seen other films that are similar. When you take into account that none of the scenes were shot in a studio then things become more interesting. Shot on location in NYC, in its bars, cafe's, and apartments.. we are treated to a fanstastic view into the life of The Big Apple. Reportedly even alot of the people in the background.. were actual city dwellers of NY and not extra's hired for the shoot. Pretty cool...
Interesting movie to watch.
Film Noir #9: The Naked City (1948) film thoughts... Lined this one up because I have "heard" about it but didn't really know what the whole affair was about. What a strange though entirely excellent film/story! A murder happens in NYC (which is actually pretty gruesome to see) of a young woman and the police of course are called in to investigate. All fingers start to point to one guy but the leads go nowhere. Who did it? Why? Homicide Captain Daniel Muldoon and team are on the case and will find out!
I wasn't expecting this film to be so entertaining. It's done in a weird semi-documentary style, with a narrator pushing the story along in a pretty light…
EXT. THE SKY - DAY
A flight of birds across CAMERA.
This time yesterday, Jean Dexter was just another name in the phone book...
INT. A CAFETERIA - DAY
A MAN is reading a tabloid. Shoves toast in his mouth.
...but now she's the marmalade on
ten thousand pieces of toast...
Man, I feel like I just watched the pilots of Dragnet, Kojak, and Law & Order all at once. So this is the movie where every single trope in the history of police procedurals originated! It was pretty fascinating just from that standpoint, and I get why it's identified as a classic, though I didn't love it. I bet I would have in 1948, though.
Also, I've always wondered (after hearing it thousands of times in my life in everything from Bugs Bunny to Kurtis Blow) where the line "There are eight million stories in the naked city..." came from. Seems a bit obvious now.
David's Movie entry #31: June 13th, 2015
In Memory of David Eisen
I'm extremely conflicted with this film. On one hand, you have one of the most visually innovative and technically sound films I have seen produced in the early Hollywood era. A film that masterfully captures the heartbeat of the city it was filmed in (And filmed on location to boot!) with a documentary style realism capturing authentic environment in its lens. On the other hand, the film falters narratively with ordinary stereotypical characters that one can become accustom to in these Hollywood Film Noirs, and a crime solving police procedural that doesn't attempt to differentiate itself from the rest. Also didn't care too much for the omniscient narration…
New York City is the real star of this police procedural about the investigation of a murder.
"The Naked City" is an excellent early crime procedural, probably the earliest example of the form that I have seen. You can see its influence on everything from "Dragnet" to "CSI" and "Law and Order". Yet, despite the fact that it's been mined for over sixty years, "The Naked City" still feels remarkably fresh. It tells the story of a fashion model found drowned in her bathtub and the subsequent investigation into her death, led by Lieutenant Muldoon, played delightfully by Barry Fitzgerald who, despite being your stereotypical Irish flatfoot, gives an indelible and always amusing performance. He brings plenty of detail to the character that distinguishes it from mere stereotype.
"The Naked City" tells a fascinating tale that is…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
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Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)
UPDATED: July 27, 2015
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