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The Naked City

USA, 1948, Dir. Jules Dassin

Festival of the Future City/
Sun 20 October 2019

The Naked City

USA, 1948, Dir. Jules Dassin

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Sun 20 October 2019,

A police procedural partly filmed on location in the city of New York, this film follows two homicide detectives (Don Taylor and Barry Fitzgerald) as they investigate the murder of a model. Shown as part of the Festival of the Future City film noir series.

The visual style was inspired by the unflinching images of city life depicted by press photographer Weegee, who was hired as a consultant on the film. City scenes include children swimming in the East River, horse-drawn carriages and push-carts on the Lower East Side and the elevated train running through Manhattan.

This film is part of Festival of the Future City – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol celebrating and debating the future of cities with talks, walks, debates, arts projects and new books.

The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes a film noir programme; classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme. See the rest of the Festival of the Future City film programme here.

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