The Naked City (1948)
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You really have to admire the style of it. It had such an interesting and lovely direction to it. Dassin and the cast did a nice job with this one.
Dassin was a really wonderful director - "Rififi" and "Night and the City" are favourites - so I've been looking forward to seeing more of his films; I think this one stands comparison with those greats, partly because of the stunning Oscar winning B&W cinematography - shot on the streets of New York City, in a semi-documentary style, and a great omniscient and sometimes witty narration by producer Mark Hellinger which guides us through one of the "eight million stories" of the city - the police investigation into the murder of a model. A stylish, fascinating and unique film noir.
Agree with corchap. The narrator won't stop talking and he never really adds anything.
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This movie ranks #33 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #40 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
This movie ranks #50 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #50 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #368 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #422 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #483 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #587 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #935 in Doubling the Canon