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The Naked City (1948)



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A woman commits suicide in the bathtub of a New York apartment. Or was it murder? So begins a noirish police procedural that's every bit as convoluted as its claustrophobic urban setting. Shot on location in New York, The Naked City makes wonderful use of the city. The film is full of back alleys, rickety staircases, dumpy apartments, and seedy harbors. Director Jules Dassin, famous for the great heist film Rififi, is in his element here.