Rockstar Recommends: “The Naked City”

Posted on March 16 2011, 9:22am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games, Rockstar

The Naked City (1948; Jules Dassin)

“There are 8 million stories in the naked city….”

Today’s entry in our Rockstar Recommends series of films to get you prepped for the release of L.A. Noire is one that should sound quite familiar to anyone who’s recently checked out our pre-order exclusive bonus cases.

The Naked City” – a landmark 1948 crime thriller noir from director Jules Dassin – is such a taut example of captivating, well-paced detective storytelling that we couldn’t resist basing an entire Homicide desk case around it to re-create it as an interactive experience.

While the original film is set in New York as opposed to our Los Angeles re-imagining, the set-up and other details remain faithful. A beautiful fashion model is found dead in the bathroom of her apartment – was it suicide as suggested by the appearance of strewn pills near the corpse? The reporting homicide detectives, led by a crafty veteran Irish lieutenant with an innate intuition and remarkable eye, quickly deduce that foul play is at hand (as seen in the above clip).  From there, a tense canvassing of suspects, clues, leads takes the lieutenant and his detective team on a wild ride that ultimately leads to one of moviedom’s most memorable chase sequence climaxes at the Williamsburg Bridge.

This film still holds up as an innovatively shot, and interestingly self-aware piece - narrated with old New Yawk charm by the film’s producer, Mark Hellinger, speaking as himself. Highly recommended also for its wonderful characterizations – including a confounding and pitiful pathological liar, a likeable rookie detective earning his chops (yet still making a critical rookie mistake in the third act), and – to underscore the film’s theme of 8 million stories and provide some comic relief – a wealth of thoroughly amusing ‘peds’, something that we can definitely appreciate.

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  • Da_new_myst515on April 10 2011, 2:03amReplyFlag
    Thank you R* ! After reading this I am now going to go on Netflix and stream Film-Noir movies from now till May 17th. My first choice like you recommended will be "The Naked City" (1948) all though it takes place in NY. Any other movies you may suggest to watch that are Noir inspired?
    • ElBraineateron April 6 2011, 4:15amReplyFlag
      It;s great what you guys are doing with Rockstar recommends, Naked city is one of my favorite films. Keep up the excellent work! I was wondering does Johnny Stompanato make an appearance in the game?
      • juan29.zapataaon March 16 2011, 8:06pmReplyFlag
        Damn, a special edition with all these films would be fantastic, since I don't have any way to get these movies.

        Anyway, really thanks for the suggestion.
        • R* Yon March 16 2011, 7:28pmReplyFlag
          @Gamerzworld Nice, thanks for letting everyone know.

          @dylaaaaaaan Please send an e-mail over to so we can assist.
          • Gamerzworldon March 16 2011, 3:57pmReplyFlag
            If you subscribe to Netflix, they have the movie in HD. It's a definite watch.
            • dylaaaaaaanon March 16 2011, 3:45pmReplyFlag
              vid wont play for me heeeelllp
              • MellyDon March 16 2011, 12:12pmReplyFlag
                Barry Fitzgerald is awesome !
                • LiL.A.Kingon March 16 2011, 11:09amReplyFlag
                  Ohh thats good because i want all of them but i will buy them as dlc in the ps store thanks for this very fast helping answer!! ;D
                  • R* Yon March 16 2011, 10:55amReplyFlag
                    @LiL.A.King There won’t be any special edition release of L.A. Noire, just the preorder bonus content with certain retailers as announced here:

                    Also as mentioned, all that content will be made available as DLC after the game comes out.
                    • LiL.A.Kingon March 16 2011, 10:11amReplyFlag
                      R* one question can we buy l.a. noire with all dlc's in one game?? Please answer!!
                      • LiL.A.Kingon March 16 2011, 10:08amReplyFlag
                        AWESOME really interesting!!!
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