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The Naked City Though William H. Daniels rightly won an Oscar for his dazzling cinematography, the rest of this Manhattan-set neo-noir (one of the earliest Hollywood...The Naked CityMystery and ThrillerUnrated Though William H. Daniels rightly won an Oscar for his dazzling cinematography, the rest of this Manhattan-set neo-noir (one of the earliest Hollywood...2007-03-16Kino Home Video

The Naked City

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Don Taylor, Howard Duff, Barry Fitzgerald; Director: Jules Dassin; Author: Malvin Wald; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Kino Home Video

Though William H. Daniels rightly won an Oscar for his dazzling cinematography, the rest of this Manhattan-set neo-noir (one of the earliest Hollywood films to experiment with on-location shooting) doesn’t hold up. The voice-over narration is particularly grating, and Fitzgerald and Taylor are, respectively, too hammy and too wooden as cops investigating a model’s murder.
EXTRAS Screenwriter/commentator Malvin Wald analyzes City ‘s influence on shows like Law & Order and Miami Vice (”The Naked City in pastel shades!”). B-

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