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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish noir from master Jules Dassin, 10 July 2009
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This review is from: The Naked City [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
Well, I've been waiting for this item for some time now, as it hasn't been issued yet in Europe. This is probably the first time it appears in Europe.

This movie should be a great experience from noir master Jules Dassin. It is the 1st movie made after Brute Force (1947), a prison noirish drama, and it is usually ranked as his 2nd masterpiece. Together with Thieves' Highway(1949), Night and the city (1950) and Riffifi (1955) if forms the core of the director's moviemaking.

For the people that are not familliar with Dassin's work let me tell you a brief history of his work: he started in this business as assistant director to the biggest director ever, Alfred Hitchcock, at the beginning of the 40's. His first featurette was Reunion in France (1942) starring John Wayne and Joan Crawford a spy noirish war movie. He won his place in the cinematography with the five movies I've mentioned above. After completing Night and the City in 1950 he was thrown out of the US with the charge of being a communist. After this moment, he directed in France, probably, in my opinion the best film noir ever, Riffifi, with mostly non-professionals.

This is one of his masterful works which should not be missed by any movie lover. I haven't seen this yet as it was available only in the US, so I am waiting just as anxious as everybody else.

***Update 19/10/2009 Guys you should definitely buy this item if you are a fan of classic film noir. This together with the mentioned above titles is among the best, cafty, noir masterpiece. Jules Dassin makes probably the best film noir director ever. Out of five amazing movies two were produced in the US, one in the UK and one in France. Naked City is even if the style does not allow it that much, a very funny movie, as well. The police inspector, Barry Fitzgerald plays his best character in this movie. One important approach of this film is its semidocumentaristic style with the voice of the great producer Mark Hellinger. The movie will only produce an implosion until the end. The action and anxiety of the murderer rises slowly until he meets his doom.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2011 05:49:23 GMT
This probably one of the greatest ever lines by an Amazon reviewer. We follow avidly the reviewers lavish praises and as we decide to buy the DVD, he undercuts his enthusiastic recommendations by telling us he hasn't seen the film yet!!!

" This is one of his masterful works which should not be missed by any movie lover. I haven't seen this yet as it was available only in the US, so I am waiting just as anxious as everybody else. "

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 07:55:47 GMT
Burciu Mihai says:
I appreciate the sarcasm in your comment. If you will read also the update to my initial comment, you'll probably realize my meaning!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 09:53:15 BDT
You are spot on in naming the five films you do as the core of Dassin's movie making between 1947 and 1955 - the first three made in America - the fourth Night and the City - (undoubtedly his masterpiece) made in London and finally ending in France with Rififi. I had always thought Dassin's traversal was the other way - had not realised he began as an assistant director under Hitchcock in the States.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2015 03:39:36 GMT
It was meant as humour.
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