The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and…
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…
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…
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!
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.
Overall Enjoyment 7/10
Good story, interesting commentary. Stumbled upon this at the library, no idea that it was a landmark film.
How I wish I could go back and walk the streets of New York in the summer of 1948 with Detective Jimmy Halloran while wearing a snappy fedora.
The Naked City is a love letter to New York City disguised as a pretty good police procedural with a rivetting final chase scene.
I loved it.
"That was a rabbit punch, copper and it's strictly illegal."
"There are eight million stories in the naked city, this has been one of them."
Nobody could use a city's atmosphere to his film's advantage better than Jules Dassin, and "The Naked City" joins "Night and the City" and "Rififi" in the long line of Dassin films that are worth watching for their location shooting alone.
I don't know the T.V. series that this movie inspired, but the film is terrific. It's terse and gritty. Not a second is wasted as it races through it's hard-boiled detective-movie plot, climaxing in a splendid chase scene in which the bullets fly. Unlike other Dassin movies, this film seems to have a sense of humour about its own importance, and it never gets carried too far away from its pulpy comic book trimmings.
There are no stars to…
Narrator: There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.
This is the third movie I am seeing which is directed by Jules Dassin, and I am starting to become a true fan of his work. Shot on several locations in New York by Jules Dassin, this film noir adds something, which to my knowledge, was never done before. Usually within film noir you have the voice over from the lead character, this time though the voice over is done by the actual producer of the film (Mark Hellinger). Through this effect the whole feel of the movie changes, through his narration and explanation of police procedures this film noir almost becomes a documentary.…
For a noir film this is surprisingly bright and beautiful, on-locations shooting adds dimension and great performances make a standard plot a thrilling story.
Three words: Jules fucking Dassin. Wonderful moral fable, incredible screenplay with cracking dialogue plus amazing photography. Thumbs up.
This story of the investigation of the murder of a young woman, narrated by an unknown party, is also one of the many tales to be told on a city with more than 8 million people. It's simple yet always captivating. Great work by Dassin and the cast.
The script is corny, missing the usual hardbitten wit of noir, and the performances are variable, but it is of course a great New York movie. The beautiful photography showcases the tapestry of NYC in the '40s in the raw, "the buildings in their naked stone, the people, without make-up."
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
UPDATED: April 23, 2016
The Criterion Collection is a video distribution company that sells "important classic and contemporary films" in…