Film Review – THE NAKED CITY (1948)

Image result for the naked city blu-rayNaked City, The (1948; USA; B&W; 96m) ∗∗∗∗ d. Jules Dassin; w. Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald; ph. William H. Daniels; m. Miklós Rózsa, Frank Skinner.  Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy, Ted De Corsia, House Jameson, Anne Sargent, Adelaide Klein, Grover Burgess, Tom Pedi. New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. Set the trend for police procedurals. Whilst the acting may be variable and often stiff, the documentary style approach is innovative. The use of New York City locations brings a level of authenticity, notably in the tense chase finale on the Williamsburg Bridge. Film debut of Walter Burke. Won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Editing; received an additional nomination for Best Story. Entered 2007 into the National Film Registry. Spawned a highly successful TV series that ran from 1958-63 and two TV movies in 1998. [PG]

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