Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948)

****½
USA



In a landmark move, producer Mark Hellinger and director Jules Dassin took their noir police procedural straight to the streets of NYC. The actors are stiff and the omniscient commentary by Hellinger - more often than not - grating. But the social detail of post-war day-to-day New York, the breathless pace and the stark, raw elegance of the visuals make the film vivid and enduring.

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