The Naked City

The Naked City

Directed by Jules Dassin • 1948 • United States

"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

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The Naked City
  • The Naked City

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1948 • United States

    "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 dazzl...

Extras

  • THE NAKED CITY Commentary

    This commentary features THE NAKED CITY screenwriter Malvin Wald.

  • Dana Polan on THE NAKED CITY

    In this 2007 interview, New York University film studies professor Dana Polan, author of “Power and Paranoia: History, Narrative and the American Cinema, 1940–1950,” talks about THE NAKED CITY’s groundbreaking social portrait.

  • James Sanders on THE NAKED CITY

    Architect James Sanders is the author of “Celluloid Skyline” and cowriter of Ric Burns’s PBS documentary series “New York.” In this 2007 program he discusses THE NAKED CITY’s depiction of New York in the 1940s.

  • Jules Dassin at LACMA

    In 2004, Jules Dassin appeared at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, after a screening of his film RIFIFI. In this footage, shot at the event, he discusses his career with Rialto Pictures’ Bruce Goldstein. Despite the recording’s poor audiovisual quality, we felt that the discussion was intere...