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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.
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…
I loved this so, so much, and it absolutely cemented my opinion of Jules Dassin as one of the very best directors of this era. I've seen it billed as a Noir, but The Naked City is really a mix of styles - there's a crime story at its heart, but the crew are so delighted at filming on location in New York City that elements of documentary and neo-realism style footage of people going about their daily lives give this a strange, fresh feel.
It's by no means perfect; the large cast showcase an extremely mixed level of talent. Most of the main cast are fine, but there are actors in smaller roles who over- or underact considerably. The…
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…
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.
Noir fans- check this out!
A really good looking procedural that benefits tremendously from on-location shooting. New York City appears idyllic and dreamlike, filmed in its natural 40s environment. Photographer William H. Daniels deservedly won an Oscar for his beautiful, classically composed cinematography. It is the first reason to see The Naked City. The second is to watch the unfolding of the murder case with its episodic nature of collecting information, influential to filmmakers like Alan J. Pakula or later with David Fincher. The story's easy to follow with the help of the smooth voice of a nameless narrator. The developments play realistic to the period, pull no punches and are above all quite informative in conveying 60+ year old investigating where tons of leg work and man power took precedent in an age before computers.
Almost flawless from a visual standpoint (the poster image and associated chase sequence feel almost Mann esque), but the narration is just a step above Harrison Ford levels of phoned in, and the script is proto Law and Order.
The main selling point of this film was the on location shoot. And it does make a difference. There is a realism to the exteriors that cannot be matched on a sound stage, no matter how big, and even though a lot of the film necessarily takes place inside, the finale is truly awe-inspiring and really hammers home just how well the decision to hit the streets was.
The plot concerns a murder investigation upon the discovery of the body of an ex-model. We follow the police as they methodically follow up on every lead, no matter how remote, in dogged pursuit of the killer. A solid script and performances (Fitzgerald is the stand out) add to the enjoyment. The…
A first for location shooting, a more realistic look at police procedure. Sync was out though, over dubbed?
Ich war schon immer ein großer Anhänger vom Film Noir; sei es nun die französischen Kriminalfilme von Jean-Pierre Melville und Henri-Georges Clouzot oder die amerikanischen von Howard Hawks oder Billy Wilder. "The naked city" spielt in New York (an den echten Schauplätzen, keine Szene würde in einem Studio gefilmt) und wurde von einem französischen Regisseur, Jules Dassin, gedreht. Die Geschichte entspricht mehr oder weniger den Konventionen eines klassischen Film Noirs. Es ist aber der Kameraarbeit von William H. Daniels, dem es gelungen ist, das wahre New York einzufangen und damit dem Film eine Atmosphäre gibt, die einen an den Sitz fesselt. "The naked city" funktioniert nicht nur als Genrefilm, sondern ist gleichzeitig eine Vorbeugung vor New York.
Classic crime tale mixed with kitchen sink realism makes for a compelling film. As much a documentary as a noir.
My third film from Director Jules Dassin is just as good as the first two. The film has an engaging story, great performances, and a terrific finale. I can see why the narration would bother some, but I didn't mind it , even if it was a bit strange. Overall The Naked City is another solid Crime film from Jules Dassin. 7.5/10
"This is just one story out of eight million, in the naked city."
This is a fun nuts and bolts police procedural that has charisma, mainly thank sto Fitzgerald's lead performance and the playful nature of the narration. Compared to say High and Low, another police procedural, naked city lacks some of the dramatic weight and nail biting suspense. Still naked city is a light and fun cops and robbers story that creates some good visuals for 1940s New York City.
20 Words or Less Recommendation/Review: Incredibly powerful final act and line from Jules Dassin. A bit clunky in the beginning but grows into itself. Engrossing.
Absolutely loved Barry Fitzgerald in this. The rest of the film is a pretty good police procedural but because they were first it's got some real verve and it feels fresh. Loved the shots of the city
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