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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…
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.
It's easy to classify The Naked City as a film-noir. It's easy because there isn't a lot of hard work to be done in classifying it as anything else - it's surely on most 'essential film-noir' lists and part of that Alain Silver book and so on - or if it might lose some luster as a lessor film in the significant 'canon' of films made in that golden era of dames and guys with guns in the shadows as deceit and crime happens... but wait, doesn't this have deceit and crime? And there are dames, sort of, even if one of them is snuffed out in the first couple of minutes, shouldn't that count as part of it, the fact that this character, Jean Dexter, IS the femme fatale of the story, except that everything is about what happens post-mortem? And don't forget the jewel thieves...
Der "urbane" Film noir. Einzig gewöhnungsbedürftig ist an diesem weiteren Meisterwerk Dassins die deutsche Synchro und die Voice-Over-Narration. Ansonsten: ganz, ganz große Klasse.
This was a famous moment in Hollywood’s post-World War II turn to realism...and realism tended to imply Social Significance and Seriousness: The Naked City was a new sort of Serious film. It was shot on location in New York (although there are a few process shots), doesn’t have any star actors and is about normal people, cops on a murder case. And there must have been wrangles with the censors: in an early scene the cop’s wife is just out of bed in the morning...and it is a double bed with her husband still in it: this was a time when even married couples in Hollywood films slept in single beds; and a man’s pyjamas are found in the bedroom…
I had watched this many years ago, long before I lived in New York or was even fascinated with it. At the time, it struck me as a idiosyncratic approach to the usual film noir template - a police procedural that seemed to escape the stylized artifice of the studio and instead placed itself in the "real" streets that the genre tried so hard to emulate. I can see why I thought that. The stuff that is shot on location is indeed compelling, and perhaps fulfills the vision the film's producer (and narrator) Mark Hellinger. Hellinger wanted a film where the city had a starring role, which sounds like a preciously banal sentiment today, but was definitely a novel idea…
Solid procedural elevated by some lively editing and a rather fun lead performance from Barry Fitzgerald.
A time capsule of a New York long gone, the elements of film noir a backdrop for the real star to shine: The Big Apple herself. Outstanding cinematography hampered by a weak procedural case and that cheeky narration; T-Men arguably perfected the semi-doc style a year later. I stand by Night and the City as Dassin's best, but this is quite the curio indeed.
This near-legendary docu-noir-ma from groundbreaking producer Mark Hellinger - who tragically died before its release, aged just 44 - drew raves for its extensive New York location shooting and ambitious attempt to portray the whole of the Big Apple through a single murder case. Almost 70 years on, it's still a pretty interesting, well-done procedural, but rather pales alongside its more poetic, handsome and sourly sexual contemporaries: Out of the Past, Cry Danger, The Glass Key.
Jolly Irish character actor Barry Fitzgerald (the guy who keeps saying "no patty fingers" in The Quiet Man) is cast against type as a shrewd, deceptively tough detective, who keeps a wary eye on compulsive liar Howard Duff after a model is murdered in…
The Naked City was one of those films that got progressively more enjoyable as I continued watching it. I was kinda off-put by the stripped production value of it at first, but once I got past it, the rest of the film became increasingly more engaging. Eventually I even warmed up to the bare-bones structure of it and thought of it as a complementary facet rather than a detractor.
This film presents an unconventional vision of film noir while also being unabashedly of the genre too. It's narration for one-while not a new tactic in the genre, possesses a unique angle in which it comically engages with the characters without their knowledge. Aspects like that and it's location shooting help…
An interesting and exciting little police procedural that feels like a precursor to TV shows like Law and Order. It used a documentary-like format where there were no sets and a lot of extras who were just real people in New York to give a realistic feel to the examination of a murder that occasionally felt like a training video for policemen in the forties. I really want to track down the television show that it inspired now.
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