The Naked City
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"There are eight million stories in the Naked City," intones producer/narrator Mark Hellinger at the climax of this Manhattan-filmed detective drama. The story we're concerned with here begins with the "bathtub murder" of a beautiful blonde. Methodically tracking down clues, New York police detectives Barry Fitzgerald and Don Taylor unearth a maze of subplots, and in a scene that has become one of the hallmarks of "location" filmmaking in the 1940s -- the real culprit is pursued in a last-reel escape attempt on the Brooklyn Bridge. Director Jules Dassin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A definite parochial fascination is liberally assured all the way and the seams in a none-too-good whodunnit are rather cleverly concealed."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The on-location photography and final minutes on the streets and bridge are impressive, but this noir is more memorable for what it inspired to follow it than in its slow talky self."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"What The Naked City does is paint an indelible vision of both the New York City that never sleeps and of the human life and industry that teems within it"
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"Standard plot but the visuals are amazing"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A first-rate police thriller."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of Jules Dassin's best features is a quintessential film noir, distinguished by its on-location shooting and Daniels' sharp imagery, which deservedly won the Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This superlative film set the pattern for myriad documentary-type dramas to come."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The narration is the only bad thing about an otherwise wonderful [film]."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"If this is noir, it's the most brightly lit, least antisocial noir ever."
‑ Michelle Devereaux, The Skinny
"Affords the viewer a look at a type of city life that has long since disappeared, giving the film a kind of documentary time-capsule flavor."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It plays as just another crime episode in a typical homicide detective's day."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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