Steve Simels
December 15, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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