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The Naked City1948

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  • 3.8
"There are eight million stories in the Naked City," as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film (and this is one of them). Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin and newspaperman-cum-producer Mark Hellinger's dazzling police procedural, THE NAKED CITY, was shot entirely on location in New York. As influenced by Italian neorealism as American crime fiction, this double Academy Award® winner remains a benchmark for naturalism in noir, living and breathing in the promises and perils of the Big Apple, from its lowest depths to its highest skyscrapers.

Member Reviews (2)

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top reviewer

Don't shoot unless you have to!!! super corny but fun to watch Howard Duff is sort of bad but that's ok his girlfriend is really cute_it's amazing to see NY then it's changed so much_horses & carts!!! wow_the city looks great the crowd shots are super _the "bad" guy has always been a creep & i really can't stand him_how did he ever get a job in films anyway

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top reviewer

You use the words "corny" or "silly" far too often in your reviews. It makes me wonder if you have any concept of melodrama, particularly in films of the 1940's. As for "the bad guy," are you referring to Ted de Corsia, veteran character actor from "The Lady From Shanghai," "The Killing", "The Big Combo" (available to watch here on Fandor), "Gunfight at The OK Corral" and countless other appearances from the 40's to the 70's? Yes, he usually was typecast as a gangster or a thug, but he was always good in those roles, so maybe you should think twice before you wonder how he got work in films when he worked in dozens and dozens.

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top reviewer

“The Naked City” is a remarkable freeze-frame of big city America in the late 1940’s.

Inspired by the book of the same name by legendary crime photographer Weegee, this film captures the energy and emotion of New York City at a zenith, just before the slow, steady erosion of urban decay that began in the 50’s and lasted through the 80’s. Director Jules Dassin and producer Mark Hellinger push the boundaries of the Hollywood Police Procedural towards a naturalistic documentary-style of filmmaking while crafting an eloquent narrative tone that evokes a kind of epic poem on the life and times of the main character—New York itself--and ultimately establish "the Naked City" as one of the cornerstones of classic Film Noir.