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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…
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!
This movie is something of an oxymoron. It cares deeply about the mechanics of a police investigation yet makes frequent tangents to things unrelated to the case. But both of those things are what make this film so unique in the crime/police genre. And all of it is tied together with an omniscient voiceover that adds yet another distinctive quality to the film. The epilogue is one of the all-time best in cinema.
I won't say New York City is the main character in the film but it certainly is the focus. Dassin shoots it all on location: from hot, musty offices in Downtown Manhattan to the top of the Williamsburg Bridge. The film almost doubles as documentary of what…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Por lo general no soy muy adepto a los 'whodunits' pero este es realizado con tal gracia por parte de Jules Dassin que terminó por convencerme. Estamos en una película que mezcla el film noir, el neorrealismo ¿new yorkino podríamos decir? y el cine de "procedimiento", es decir, donde vemos a unos detectives resolver un caso a través de un procedimiento secuencial de investigación. Lo que terminó de convencerme hacia el final de la cinta, fue la resolución tan emocionante y ese desenlace tan Hitchcockiano. Cualquiera que haya visto 'Blackmail' o 'Saboteur' sabe a qué me refiero...
The cinematography, the mood, the concept, the location shots, the narration… deserve a better story, a better script, and better acting. More a statement about the absurdly high quality of the former than the demerits of the latter- they are serviceable, but remind you you're watching a great movie, not a masterpiece.
Something I appreciated more than I enjoyed.
My biggest problem: it's painfully self-aware. Yea, I get it, it's shot in a real city. Also, the actual crime is so ordinary on film-noir standards, it appears to be a film of very little special significance.
Rather than a squarejaw stomping around, a bashful, retiring rookie and a genial, playfully sarcastic professional. Grounding the ensemble and tourist's narration with the Eagle Scout and his grandfather, contrasting dysfunctional couplings and family units all around, opening the sun-blasted city to possibility and novelty. Fucking great.
A classic noir ahead of its time. The film avoided studios, opting for gritty New York City locations instead. Strangely, the film is narrated by its producer, as himself. Director Jules Dassin is truly a great filmmaker who isn't quite as recognized for his work as he should be. Naked City is not amongst his best work, but it's well worth a watch.
"Don't bite your nails, honey. Very few stenographers are murdered."
A competent noir with a few brilliant lines weighed down by intrusive narration that announces every location and character thought like it's off a grocery list, and a surplus of bit characters that don't amount to much. Although the diminutive Lt. Muldoon is great fun, he eventually is pushed to the margins by the much less interesting, baby-faced family man Halloran. The film struggles to create real stakes for anyone. The all-too brief stop at at suspect Willie Garzah's former wrestling club is a highlight, as are the entire final 15 minutes of the film. Here it jolts violently back to life, and by the time our narrator rattles off the iconic final lines, I felt like I had watched the climax of a different, much better film.
A very interesting and odd take on a tried and true formula, the procedural police drama, but told from the perspective of the city it takes places in. New York City is the star here, and the locational shooting is remarkable even for today's standards. The beauty of the city, the day to day rhythm, all accompanied by a great cynical yet realistic voiceover and a rousing score make this a film I had to get into for a while but ultimately felt quite rewarded by the outcome.
- The Racket
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- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
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