On Saturday 13 April 2013 I’ll be doing a talk called “The Naked City: Film, Fiction and the Represented Urban Landscape” as part of the 2013 Willowbank Lectures at the Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape in Queenston, Ontario.
The 2013 Willowbank Lectures have “Urban Dwelling” as their organizing theme, a rubric meant to convey some of the ways understandings of “heritage” are broadening to include contemporary, cultural and especially urban themes.
Beginning with a short clip of the iconic, Academy Award winning noir film The Naked City (1948), my talk will focus on imaginative representations of the lived urban landscape. Descending from the seemingly omniscient gaze of the pilot, director — and urban designer — to the lived settings of city spaces, it will engage with literary representations of particular urban spaces in order to focus on what literary scholar Sidney Bremer calls “life at street level.”
The Naked City (film, 1948; opening sequence, via Youtube)
Stephanie Snyder, “The City, Naked.” Art/Lies, Number 58.