The Naked City
+ intro by film critic Pamela Hutchinson
Hollywood’s response to neorealism: a murder investigation carried out by ‘ordinary’ detectives, shot mostly on location in New York.
Dir Jules Dassin
With Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart
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.
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