Jules Dassin

The Naked City

The Naked City

"There are eight million stories in the Naked City," as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film—and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin and newspaperman-cum-producer Mark Hellinger's dazzling police procedural, The Naked City, was shot entirely on location in New York. As influenced by Italian neorealism as American crime fiction, this double Academy Award winner remains a benchmark for naturalism in noir, living and breathing in the promises and perils of the Big Apple, from its lowest depths to its highest skyscrapers

Film Info

  • Jules Dassin
  • United States
  • 1948
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #380

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • An analysis of the film’s New York locations by Celluloid Skyline author James Sanders
  • A new video interview with NYU film professor Dana Polan
  • Footage of Jules Dassin from his 2004 appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: A new essay by Luc Sante and production notes from producer Mark Hellinger to Dassin

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • An analysis of the film’s New York locations by Celluloid Skyline author James Sanders
  • A new video interview with NYU film professor Dana Polan
  • Footage of Jules Dassin from his 2004 appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: A new essay by Luc Sante and production notes from producer Mark Hellinger to Dassin

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

The Naked City
Cast
Barry Fitzgerald
Lt. Dan Muldoon
Howard Duff
Frank Niles
Dorothy Hart
Ruth Morrison
Don Taylor
Jimmy Halloran
Frank Conroy
Capt. Donahue
Ted de Corsia
Willie Garzah
House Jameson
Dr. Stoneman
Anne Sargent
Mrs. Halloran
Credits
Director
Jules Dassin
Producer
Mark Hellinger
Screenplay
Albert Maltz
Screenplay
Malvin Wald
Story by
Malvin Wald
Cinematography
William Daniels
Music
Miklós Rózsa
Music
Frank Skinner
Art direction
John F. DeCuir
Editing
Paul Weatherwax

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