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||IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 from 18 votes
||Release: 1 October 1948 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
||Stars: Adelaide Klein, Anne Sargent, Barry Fitzgerald, Don Taylor, Dorothy Hart, Enid Markey, Frank Conroy, Grover Burgess, House Jameson, Howard Duff, Mark Hellinger, Ted de Corsia, Tom Pedi
||Synopsis: Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence. Filmed entirely on location in New York City. Written by Rod Crawford [email protected]
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There are two styles of Film Noir. Fueled by writers like James M.
Cain, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler, the first style emerged
in the 1940s and was characterized by a cynical, often witty tone;
anti-heroes, dangerous women, and assorted criminal elements; and
complex plots that emphasized betrayal and moral ambiguity. It was also
photographed in a remarkable visual style that combined glossy
production values with atmospheric emphasis on light and shadow--and
films like THE MALTESE FALCON, THIS GUN FOR HIRE, MILDRED PIERCE, THE
BLUE DAHLIA, and DOUBLE INDEMNITY remain great classics of their kind.
But after World War II public taste began to change. Things that could
only be hinted at in earlier films could now be more directly stated,
and as audiences clamored for a more gritty realism the glossy
sophistication of 1940s Noir fell out of fashion. The result was a new
style of Noir--photographed in a grainier way, more direct, more
brutal, and even less sympathetic to its characters. And the 1948 THE
NAKED CITY was among the first to turn the tide. The sophisticated
gumshoe, slinky gun moll, and glossy production values were gone; this
film felt more like something you might read in a particularly lurid
"true detective" tabloid.
In an era when most films were shot on Hollywood backlots, THE NAKED
CITY was actually filmed in New York--and while filmmakers could film
with hidden cameras sound technology of the day posed a problem. But
producer Mark Hellinger turned the problem into an asset: the film
would be narrated, adding to the documentary-like style of the
cinematography and story. (Hellinger performed the narrative himself,
and his sharp delivery is extremely effective.) The story itself reads
very much like a police report, following NYPD detectives as they seek
to solve a dress model's murder.
For 1948 it was innovative stuff-but like many innovative films it
falters a bit in comparison to later films that improved upon the idea.
The direct nature of the plot feels slightly too direct, slightly too
simple. The same is true of the performances, which have a slightly
flat feel, and although Barry Fitzgerald gives a sterling performance
he is very much a Hollywood actor whose style seems slightly out of
step alongside the deadpan style of the overall cast. Even so, the pace
and drive of the film have tremendous interest, and while you might
find yourself criticizing certain aspects you'll still be locked into
the movie right to the very end. Particularly recommended for Film Noir
addicts, who will be fascinated to see the turning point in the style.
Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer
Tags for The Naked City Full Movie
, Anne Sargent
, Barry Fitzgerald
, Don Taylor
, Dorothy Hart
, Enid Markey
, Frank Conroy
, Grover Burgess
, House Jameson
, Howard Duff
, Mark Hellinger
, Ted de Corsia
, Tom Pedi
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