Viewed on TCM
Criterion Collection #380
Narrator: There are eight million stories in the naked city.
This has been one of them.
I loved The Naked City (1948).
This highly influential film is a masterpiece.
The cinematography by William Daniels is wonderful, winning the Academy Award for his work.
Character actor Barry Fitzgerald gets top billing as Lt. Dan Muldoon, lead detective on the murder case of a model in New York City.
His younger co-detective on the case is Don Taylor, another character actor.
All the suspects are character actors as well.
Director Jules Dassin has The Naked City play out like a documentary, along with a narrator.
The Naked City would go on to inspire filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and a slew of television producers of future cops shows.