Noir City: The Naked City

USA | 1948 | 96 min. | Jules Dassin

February 15, 2023

Noir City

Two detectives scour the streets of New York City searching for a killer, in Jules Dassin’s masterful police procedural.

Individual Tickets: $15 | $10 SIFF members
Passes (valid for all Noir City screenings): $150 | $100 SIFF members

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for Noir City screenings.

Hosted by acclaimed authors Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, also known as "Renee Patrick" for their five Lillian Frost/Edith Head mystery novels set in Los Angeles between 1937–40.

This landmark crime movie, producer Mark Hellinger's hardboiled tribute to his beloved Big Apple, peels away all the stylistic melodramatics of noir to present Hollywood's first true policier. Scrupulously researched writing by Malvin Wald and vivid location photography by William Daniels (an Oscar® winner) combined to make this one of the most influential Hollywood films of all time, the template for thousands of cop shows to come. With Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor, Dorothy Hart, and a very scary Ted de Corsia.

Photo courtesy of The Film Noir Foundation. Note courtesy of Noir City.

  • Director: Jules Dassin
  • Principal Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1948
  • Running Time: 96 min.
  • Producer: Mark Hellinger
  • Screenplay: Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald
  • Cinematographers: William H. Daniels
  • Editors: Paul Weatherwax
  • Music: Miklós Rózsa, Frank Skinner
  • Filmography: Rififi (1955), He Who Must Die (1957), Never on Sunday (1960), Phaedra (1962)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Janus Films