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Thumbnail for The Naked City (1948) The Naked City (1948)

Basics Critics:71Viewers:68Rusty:78
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: crime film, mystery film, documentary film, drama film, film noirNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 96 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York CityDirector: Jules DassinScreenwriter: Albert MaltzMusic: Miklós RózsaCinematography: William Daniels, William H. DanielsStars: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor, Ted de Corsia, David Opatoshu, Arthur O'Connell, Beverly Bayne, Dorothy Hart, Frank Conroy, Enid Markey Producer: Universal StudiosAwards won: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (William H. Daniels)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best StoryAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Naked City is a black-and-white film noir directed by Jules Dassin. Based on a story by Malvin Wald, the film depicts the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, to find the girl's killer. The movie, shot partially in documentary style, was filmed on location on the streets of New York City and features landmarks such as the Williamsburg Bridge, the Whitehall Building, and an apartment building on West 83rd Street in Manhattan as the scene of the murder. The film received two Academy Awards, one for cinematography for William H. Daniels, and another for film editing to Paul Weatherwax. In 2007, The Naked City was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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