I first became aware of Jules Dassin's Naked City (1948) when I was doing research on Akira Kurosawa's film Stray Dog (1949) for an academic paper I was writing on the film. Kurosawa cited the film as inspiration for his film. This can be seen in the documentary style footage he uses, as well as the police procedural aspect of the film, and lastly in the mentor-protege relationship mirrored by Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura of Howard Duff and Barry Fitzgerald. Naked City was itself inspired by the true crime photos of Weegee (a tabloid photographer named Arthur Felling who served as an adviser tot he film). It eventually became a long running TV series as well. There's no doubt that there is some spectacular on location shooting all over New York and especially at the end of the film, where they shoot on the Williamsburg Bridge. This film gets the Criterion treatment with audio commentary by Naked City screenwriter Malvin Wald, a video interview with NYU film professor Dana Polan, an analysis of the film's locations by Celluoid Skyline author James Sandes, footage of Jules Dassin from his 2004 appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the theatrical trailer, and a new essay by Luc Sante and production notes from producer Mark Hellinger to Dassin.