The Naked City (2007) 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…
DVD Review

The Naked City (2007)

Details Release Date: Mar 20, 2007; DVD Release Date: Mar 20, 2007; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Don Taylor, Howard Duff and Barry Fitzgerald; 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-

Originally posted Mar 16, 2007 Published in issue #926 Mar 23, 2007 Order article reprints