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Big screen classics

The Naked City

Hollywood’s response to neorealism: a murder investigation carried out by ‘ordinary’ detectives, shot mostly on location in New York.

Image from The Naked City

USA 1948
Dir Jules Dassin
With Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart
96min
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

Around the same time as Italy’s neorealists, journalist-turned-Hollywood-producer Mark Hellinger was also experimenting with innovative location shooting. This, his final, most documentary-like film, follows two detectives as they investigate the death of a young woman. William Daniels’ cinematography vividly captures New York – perhaps unsurprisingly since photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig) was on hand as visual consultant.

The screening on Wed 30 Oct will be introduced by film critic Pamela Hutchinson.


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