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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…
Beautiful and everyday New York as it wakes up for just another day. But in this case the night involved murder. A double murder. A girl gets drowned and one of her killers ends up in the East River. There's a strong man at work here. A heavy case, as the homicide detective calls it, in a noir that plays out like a police procedural, all shot in a documentary style. This may sound somewhat dry, but it has quite a bit of humor to it. I had a good laugh when Dassin all of a sudden comes up with a corny family scene. No time for a whipping though, there's a murder to solve.
The voice over is cynical…
Jules Dassin, the director of Rififi, pulls another feat in the world of cinema. He showcases the the many lives that go into the everyday world of investigation; while also pulling of an intriguing story through the awesome style of film noir.
I really liked this movie.
Recommended to all you lovers of police procedure films.
lol the actors' reactions when they were told Jeans dead
Prototype to all procedural crime dramas.
This movie is good bordering on great but I wanted to say that the narrator got really annoying talking during that final chase scene.
Beautifully shot but light on story. It really is a treat to look at some of these filming techniques but just hard to justify the film as much more than that. It's plot was old hat even by 1948 standards.
The vast majority of the film was shot on location in New York City- this is one of the first films to do so. Unfortunately the plot is a rote procedural mystery and the performances are uninteresting.
While its documentation of police procedurals and use of real New York City locations was groundbreaking for its time, THE NAKED CITY shoots itself in the foot by presenting us with a case that lacks any sense of dramatic weight. It's narrative is haphazard, strung together by narration from one of the film's producers that lets us know we're watching a movie, which makes it feel less like a complete film and more like a behind-the-scenes documentary.
The finale is the only time these techniques feel appropriately used because it's in service of an excellent chase sequence that combines traditional Hollywood moviemaking with realistic location shooting (that no doubt inspired THE FRENCH CONNECTION), but it's not enough to redeem the preceding hour and a half.
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them...
Don Taylor was a fuckin dime in this movie.
The film is less a work of film noir than a visually striking documentary-style portrait of criminal justice in New York City in the late 40s. The story itself is less interesting than seeing what this great metropolis looked like on the eve of profound physical and social change.
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