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1948

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THE NAKED CITY (dir: Jules Dassin, Not Rated) - Bart says, "If you don't care anything about New York City, then this movie will seem like a pretty good, if overly narrated, film noir to you. But if the Big Apple holds any kind of fascination for you at all, then this this movie will be a revelation. The first Hollywood studio picture ever shot entirely on location in NYC, it captures the Manhattan of 60+ years ago, most notably the Lower East Side, like you've never seen it in the movies. The story, which involves the murder of a model and its possible link to a series of jewel heists, claims to be one that could take place in no other city. While this might not be entirely true, New York is far and away the main character of the film, much more so than the police lieutenant played by Barry Fitzgerald or any of his investigators. Ignore the sometimes awkward dubbing due to the difficulties of location sound recording at the time, and be sure to stick around for the stunning climactic chase scene on the Williamsburg Bridge."
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (dir: John Huston, Not Rated) - Bart says, "You probably know it as that movie that made famous the line 'We don't need no stinking badges!' (even though that's not really what the bandit says), but no matter who you are you owe it to yourself to finally see this old black & white classic that's in that league of great movies that are so well-scripted and tightly-constructed and beautifully performed that it will never seem dated. I can't think of a more  cynical examination of human nature than this tale of three American gold prospectors in Mexico whose troubles don't start until AFTER they've hit the motherlode and need to trust each other enough to get the gold back to town. Bogie seethes with paranoia in his best scoundrel role until Queeg in THE CAINE MUTINY and Walter Huston, the director's father, gives the performance of his career that justly won him an Oscar that year."
THE FALLEN IDOL (dir: Carol Reed, Not Rated) - Bart says, "The year before Carol Reed made THE THIRD MAN, he directed this Grahame Greene-penned semi-thriller about a boy who, when his best friend - the butler at the embassy where he lives - is falsely accused of murder, can't understand why telling the truth might not be the best way to help. Now, I'm not about to say that this absorbing indictment of the hypocrisy of adults is the better of the two Reed-Greene films, but here's a case where you discover a perfect little gem of a movie that seems so much more fresh and exciting than that stale old 'classic' you've seen a million times. So watch 'em both."
BICYCLE THIEVES (dir: Vittorio De Sica, Not Rated)
LA TERRA TREMA (dir: Luchino Visconti, Not Rated)
RED RIVER (dir: Howard Hawks, Not Rated)
THE RED SHOES (dir: Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, Not Rated)
ROPE (dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Not Rated)
THE SNAKE PIT (dir: Anatole Litvak, Not Rated)
THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (dir: Nicholas Ray, Not Rated)
YELLOW SKY (dir: William A. Wellman, Not Rated)
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