Rating: 3 stars

The Naked City

The Naked City Poster

I was probably drawn to this title either by the promise of nudity, or perhaps by reference to the famous psychogeographic diagram by Guy Debord (the diagram was apparently inspired by the film). The story is, fairly simply, about the investigation of the murder of a young model in New York. There are a few good twists, but it’s rather linear by today’s standards.

The film was recognized with Academy Awards for cinematography and film editing, which is apparent during the vignettes of the Big Apple (it was filmed on location). The stylistically documentarian moments, complemented by a somewhat dark and mysterious narrator make it a little more than a typical run-of-the-mill whodunnit.

Worth watching if you have a hankering for something in black and white. Catch a taste here:


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