Still from Naked City. Image via MCNY
Naked City, Jules Dassin’s dazzling 1948 film noir, was shot on location in the streets of New York City. The film, which went on to win two Academy Awards, follows NYC detectives from glamorous Park Avenue apartments to the gritty streets of the Lower East side as they track down the killer of an ex-model. As part of their outdoor film series Moonlight & Movies, The Museum of the City of New York host a special screening of this film outside on the Museum’s Terrace, on August 2nd.
Inspired by MCNY’s exhibition, Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, the Museum is offering a fresh look at this breathtakingly vivid film noir, which stirred Kubrick’s nascent fascination with film. It was while on assignment for Look that a young Kubrick had his first glimpse behind the scenes of a film shoot when he took photos on the set of The Naked City for an unpublished feature.
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The film will be preceded by introduction by author, filmmaker, and architect James Sanders. Sanders is the Principal of Sanders + Associates and co-creator of the Museum of the City of New York’s award-winning short documentary Timescapes with Jake Barton of Local Projects.