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- Dominic L Benjamin
Mine is probably short and sweet, so to speak compared to other authorsI enjoyed the movie so I watched it twice, the time it was aired in the east and then again on the internet when it was aired in the west. I love New York, N.Y. not for it's climate unfortunately. I think NY city out to be down near Jacksonville. It may not be what it is if it were warmer though. In any event, the movie was well done, it shows NY city during the post war era. New York always seemed to me to be a strange place. We seem to have a high rate of murder and bad crime here in the free West? It isn't this way in Europe or so I'm told. Maybe it's the gun freedom here that causes it, or Capitalism, maybe. The director and screen writer did nice work arranging the sets, accuracy and setting to give the City that real sort of almost grimy feel to it. Overall I enjoyed the movie and think it was done well.
Deams may not always come true.
I think the critics & actors who love this movie are deluding themselves. Only "sort" of innovative at the time , this movie is largely redundant and unremarkable.
- kevin sellers
I love the location shooting and Barry Fitzgerald is wonderful (can't believe he didn't get an Oscar nomination; my god the Academy's lame!) but this film has always seemed like it should have a prominent place in a movie museum exhibit of Standard Police Procedurals. And a little of producer Mark Hellinger's overly cute narration goes a long, long way. Give it a C plus.
Barry Fitzgerald as Sgt Muldoon
- Tim McCarthy
I have to say that after seeing numerous movies with Barry ( who I am I a huge fan of)I have to say that The Naked City is the movie that he he truly gives his greatest performance. He hits a home run with his dramatic roles, not-so-serious scenes, etc. In other movies, Mr Fitzgerald plays mostly a comedy role, but here we see, he truly see the finely trained actor that we all knew he was.
This film is CLASSIC. Ban anyone who suggest banning art. Taking away the ability to see these old films is a CRIME. unless theres REALLY an animal getting killed in the making of a film (which is few and far), then my suggestion to the person above is SIMPLE: TURN THE CHANNEL FOR A COUPLE HOURS
I love good crime stories, including film noir. However, cruelty to animals and killing of animals, especially, pets, is totally unacceptable and totally unnecessary in films. Frankly, when I know either of these actions are part of a film,I will not watch that film. Such is the case with, "Naked City". I generally read each of the reviews prior to deciding whether or not to watch a particular film. I am most grateful to the reviewer who made the comment about the uncalled for killing of the blind man's dog. I am asking you, TCM, to please not air films with abuse, cruelty, or killing of animals. I am a long-time, daily viewer of TCM, and would greatly appreciate your serious consideration in this matter. There so many old clean movies without excess, unnecessary violence, overt sex, foul language, cruelty and they are the films most of your faithful viewers love to watch. The true classic gems are the clean films with the great stories. Thank you so much for your kind attention.
A Film to Watch (Except for 30 Seconds)
I really like this movie because it seems such a different way to tell a crime story. The way the investigation is played out step by step made me feel like I'm a part of the film. I also really like Taylor and the way his home life was part of the story. Again, this drew me into the film, and I even felt like I was his sister, so when he went off by himself into danger I was upset.. thinking no, no, wait for backup! The one part I didn't like was in the ending. When de Corsia shoots the blind man's dog I was hoping to see the dog up again having maybe only suffered a flesh wound. But no, the dog was lying there dead. I found this unnecessarily upsetting. It didn't add anything to the plot and instead of focusing as much on the real ending I found myself musing about what that blind man was going to have to go through without his dog. I felt his pain of losing his companion, his guide, his eyes! How he's going to have to get a new dog, and how it just won't be the same. Yes, that is the one flaw of the movie. Killing the dog took away from the ending instead of adding to it. It was a distraction that was not needed. This really is a great film. I enjoyed it all the way through, and it gets high marks from me, just don't go around killing animals for no good purpose. (See The Yearling and Old Yeller.)
The Naked City
- Dashiell B.
With this now aged noir, director Dassin established himself as a formidable director of the genre. Sullavan is a Police Lieutenant in New York City solving the murder of a former model. Winner of Academy Awards for Cinematography & Editing, this is a great example of naturalism in film noir. The story was so gripping that the scenario was used in the video game "L.A. Noire," so anybody who has played the game might be interested to see how the film plays differently. I give it a 4/5.
Watched 1st half and hooked...
- Tragic Figure
...ended up recording it on my DV-R., Thank god for the unit since the last 50 minutes were terrific. Lt.Muldoon as the 1st Detective LT to steal the film. Terrific story and well told. Great film on B&W in NYC during the middle of the century at New York's apex. Unfortunately NYC is a hodgepodge of degenerates. Lucky for some, we'll always have film!!!
the best for last.
- jon watts
this superb masterpiece by mark hellinger is in my opinion his very best work,the new york back-drop is outstanding,the acting first rate,love the naked city theme music,the shot at the top of the bridge when ted de-corsia meets his end,he looks out over the city and that music hits its spine tingling,jules dassin superb direction. understand hellinger died before it,s release,that,s a shame.four star crime-noir i,ll watch everytime.
The Pinnacle of New York City Stories
This is Hellinger's gift to historians of mid-twentieth century NYC -a visual delight.
The Naked City 1948
- Patricia Fornera
It was filmed the same year I was born and even that it is in black and white I liked it very much, well performed and interesting theme.
- James Butler
The Naked City is a gritty portrayal of a murder investigation in the Big Apple. Wacthing the process unfold while depicting the life of everyday New Yorkers is a marvel to behold. New York is as much a star of the film as well. I've added it to my collection!
The Naked City
- J. Miklitch
Fantastic crime film. I first saw it on public TV here in Detroit. The scenes with the murder victim's parents, especially in the morgue, are unforgettable.
Last of the Hellinger's films
- Jack Phllippe
This was the type of film that had staying power. It also was the last, Mark Hellinger film---he suffered a Massive hear attack during it's filming.
The Naked City
The most enjoyable crime story I've ever seen. So much depth. Barry Fitzgerald was terrific.