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The Naked City

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The Naked City

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Don Taylor, Howard Duff, Barry Fitzgerald
director:
Jules Dassin
distributor:
Kino Home Video
author:
Malvin Wald
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Jules Dassin’s B&W police procedural was shot almost entirely on location in New York City (a first for the genre). Nearly 50 years later, The Naked City‘s Oscar-winning cinematography and editing still have resonance. The laserdisc transfer comes from a nearly pristine print, so you can almost feel the summer heat during the climactic chase across the Williamsburg Bridge. Neat bonus: running commentaries by costar Don Taylor and cowriter Melvin Wald. Without the stylistic innovations of Naked City, they assert, everything from NYPD Blue to Pulp Fiction would have been unthinkable. They’re right. Roan Group laserdisc: A

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