THE NAKED CITY (1948) sets out its stall from the very start, as the film's producer Mark Hellinger informs us, the audience, that we are about to watch a film 'unlike anything you have ever seen before'. He introduces himself, and many of the people involved in the making of the film, as we're treated to an aerial view of New York. Aside from breaking the fourth wall, Hellinger introduces us to the real star of the movie - the city itself. "There is a pulse to a city," he tells us, "and it never stops beating."
|The city so good they named it after a giant fruit.|
|"Hoi ta toi toi toi, ye look like the incomparable Liam Neesons" etc|
An early suspect has an alibi, but his duplicitous nature makes sure the police keep an eye on him. Is he a man who lies because it's easy, or because it gets him what he wants? The friend of the dead model also piques the interest of Donahue. "She's a looker" he says to a fellow officer, "with great legs. Keep watching them." And in one simple sentence he's ordered her to be tailed without being explicit. False leads turn back in on themselves as they reveal hidden truths. Love is a motive for murder, but so is greed, and desperation. And there are eight million suspects.
|This film also gives us a fat kid eating two ice creams. WINNER!|
The film won two Oscars, for editing and cinematography, plus spawned a TV series and (in a more nebulous manner) a mental band by John Zorn. Have some of that as you get ready to live your own life, and tell your own story, in whichever city, town or village you live in.