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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.
15 April 2015 (2) ★★★★☆
In many ways, notably the plot, this is nothing special. Basically it's a police procedural the likes of which we've been flooded with the past decade or two with CSI, Law and Order, NCIS and their ilk. These TV shows generally bore the shit out of me, because I've seen variations on the same plot hundreds of times. But the Naked City is different - fascinating in fact - because it largely set the template for this genre - just another day on the beat, just another homicide case. Performances are variable: some of the suspects are pretty amateurish, but Taylor is solid, and Fitzgerald is a dwarfish riot. The best thing about the film though is the time capsule…
13 April 2015 ★★★★☆
This police procedural was ground-breaking in several ways. After almost 70 years of seeing its tropes being played out on prime-time TV, it feels pretty lackluster though. Reviewed on flickersintime.com
Terrific noir-y police procedural with some wonderful shots of New York
Murder investigation movie that leans a little too much on the semi documentary style which honestly results in the characters not feeling like actual characters. So the film rings hollow on an emotional level, but the final 15 mins is a very well shot chase scene shot on location in New York and it really why the film is even remembered today I think. So not bad, just a bit too dry.
Ésta película lo representa absolutamente todo.
"It's a heavy case" partiendo desde ésta mitica línea, esta película marca un antes y un rotundo después en el film noir. Haciendo que grandes cómo L.A Confidential, se inspiren en ella.
De las primeras películas dónde se rodó en las calles, sin la maquetación de edificios o calles. Ésto para darle ese sentido de cotidianidad que le narrador nos va señalando. Pero haciendo enfasis en mostrar la ciudad tal y cómo es, mostrar la ciudad al desnudo.
Quizá de alguna forma no me llevé con la idea del narrador en off, que en -ocasiones-. parecía sobrar en la escena, sin embargo, un pequeño detalle que se perdona por la época.
Una gran isnpiración para lo que es hoy el neo-noir, y en su tiempo una marca significativa en el género.
Film Forum, New York, New York
"There are a million stories in the naked city..."
So this is where that oft quoted line comes from. Fast-paced, detailed oriented and with a wry sense of humor, The Naked City is pretty much the prototype for the entire police procedural sub-genre. It's also very much a look at the New York City of the time, using a murder mystery as a way of exploring the lives of the people that make the city come to life. Using consistently entertaining voice-over narration, we are shown a glimpse of the rhythms and activities of people unrelated to the central story, which adds to a kind of documentary feel. We may be following the play-by-play of a single case, but there's a whole world out there with many more stories happening all at once.
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