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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…
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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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.
The documentary like nature of the footage was astounding.
I bet this is Law & Order creator Dick Wolf's all-time favourite film.
On a hot summer night in New York city a young woman is killed. Seasoned detective Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and rookie Jimmy Halloran (Don Taylor) are assigned to investigate. As they learn more about their victim they begin to uncover a complex web involving jewellery thieves and another death.
This film is considered a noir classic and heralded a number of firsts. Shooting much of the film on the streets of New York rather than on a backlot and often shooting guerrilla style with passersby unaware they are background for the actors and hidden cameras.
As a result New York itself becomes one of the characters and indeed the use of a voiceover throughout the film and the opening…
Probably felt fresher before every episode of every tv police procedural copied it, but it's still a novel way of telling and filming a crime story (even if the crime depicted isn't particularly interesting).
New ethnographic approach to noir with omnipotent narration intrigues, the on-location work makes the city a principle character, and chase sequences clearly inspired THE FRENCH CONNECTION, but despite all this, it's nowhere near as hardboiled and gritty as one might expect from that title.
More interested in police procedure than the dirt under New York's finger nails, it's an otherwise routine policer that plods along connecting clues without pounding any pulses. The narrative's own pulse is hard to detect amongst the eight million citizens that swarm around it. The city may be naked, but its flesh is dead stiff to the touch, much like the body discovered in the opening scenes.
Barry Fitzgerald's lead detective is not a man of…
An impressively shot crime procedural; The Naked City relies on documentary techniques of the time to create a sense of realism for its plodding investigation. All of the technical aspects of the film, directed by Jules Dassin, photographed by William H Daniels, scored by Miklos Rozsa and Frank Skinner, are superb. Unfortunately, I found the sprightly, gurning performance by Barry Fitzgerald somewhat annoying, it is probably fortunate, for me, that there is no character work in this film, because any more of Fitzgerald and I wouldn't have lasted the 95 minutes. Also, I have never been a big fan of the omnipotent narrator as a device, though this one works better than most, despite its prevalence. An interesting documentary-style film noir, with some issues, but ultimately a success.
While film noir is primarily categorised by particular characteristics; moody detectives and dangerous women, The Naked City takes the typical clichés and offers up a slightly refined rendition of film noir.
After World War II the taste for film noir changed significantly and The Naked City is a great indication of that shift in audience demand. Gone were the days of anti-heroes and the complex plots of moral ambiguity and betrayal, instead films within the genre became more direct and less sympathetic with its cast of characters whilst offering a much grainier and brutal style.
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Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment.
The film is primarily known for the fact it was one of the first big films to be actually shot on the streets (at some times using hidden cameras) instead of a proper studio. The only other Dassin film I've seen is Rififi that I loved so was looking forward to this.
It's a bit of a mixed bag, it looks very good and the action set pieces are well done. The plot watching it in 2014 is a bit generic but it's interesting enough that you aren't bored at any point. I thought the performances are pretty decent…
Plays like the long lost pilot episode of TV's Law & Order. The story and the way it establishes characters and incidents through happenstance - creating in the process a clear chain of events - is compelling, but the wooden performances and rickety studio interiors are at odds with Dassin's pursuit of gritty actuality and docu-drama style realism. Nonetheless, the procedural and its outcome remain entirely engaging.
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- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
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- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- Crook's Tour
UPDATED: December 10, 2014
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