The naked city

DVD - 2007

A squad of homicide detectives roam through the seamier parts of New York City as they solve a murder case. Gives viewers an unvarnished look at life in the city using the technique of neorealism.

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Feature films
New York, NY : Criterion Collection [2007]
Other Authors
Jules Dassin, 1911-2008 (-), Albert Maltz, 1908-1985, Malvin Wald, Miklós Rózsa, 1907-1995, Frank Skinner, 1897-1968
Full screen version
Item Description
Videodisc release of the 1948 motion picture.
Special features: audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald; video interview with NYU film professor Dana Polan; analysis of the film's New York locations by Celluloid skyline author James Sanders; footage of Jules Dassin from his 2004 appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; theatrical trailer; stills gallery.
Recorded in Dolby digital mono.
Standard full screen (1.33:1) presentation.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Academy Awards (1948): winner for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing; Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.
Production Credits
Director of photography, William Daniels ; film editor, Paul Weatherwax ; music, Miklos Rozsa and Frank Skinner.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Influenced by Italian neorealism and groundbreaking for its era, Jules Dassin's police procedural was shot on Big Apple streets rather than a studio back lot. The voiceover narration ("There are eight million stories in the naked city...") feels stiff and intrusive, but the murder investigation has a documentary-like authenticity. Brute Force (ISBN 1-934121-30-4), a well-acted and gritty-for-its-time prison drama Dassin directed the year before, is also being released in remastered form. For larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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