The Naked City [1948] [Criterion] (DVD)

Jules Dassin

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"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 was shot entirely on location in New York City, as influenced by Italian neorealism as American crime fiction. A double Academy Award®-winner, The Naked City 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 03/20/2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 380

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • A new video interview with NYU film professor Dana Polan
  • An analysis of the film's NY locations by Celluloid Skyline author James Sanders
  • Footage of Jules Dassin from his 2004 appearance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Stills gallery
  • Plus: A new essay by Luc Sante and production notes from producer Mark Hellinger to Dassin
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