- Actors: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly
- Directors: Samuel Fuller
- Writers: Samuel Fuller
- Producers: Samuel Fuller, Leon Fromkess, Sam Firks
- Format: Black & White, Special Edition, NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: Jan. 18 2011
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0047P5FTA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,579 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Naked Kiss, The (Criterion)
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The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), perverse secrets inevitably simmer beneath a seemingly wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter), and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments.
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Samuel Fuller, from his 1940 debut in Hollywood until his last movies in France, deserves to be considered as one of the great american directors of the last fifty years. He mainly visited the western, war movies and film noir genres and gave us such masterpieces as FORTY GUNS, SHOCK CORRIDOR and UNDERWORLD, U.S.A. With no big stars but with a style of its own. Raw, violent and provocative, for the eyes and also for the intellect.
THE NAKED KISS is a movie destined to shock the audience. An emotionally ultra-violent first scene prepares us to a journey through Cinderella Land and the Garden of Evil. Samuel Fuller won't let anybody unharm. The Charming Prince, the Hooker with a heart big as the world, the Cop blasé : everybody will suffer in front of Fuller's camera.
It's the third time I watch THE NAKED KISS, the first time on DVD, and I like it even more now. Its atmosphere is one of the strangest you can find on film. Remember Charles Laughton's NIGHT OF THE HUNTER ? One can feel a bit of this dreamy atmosphere in Fuller's movie. The child song Constance Towers sings with the handicapped children will give you the chill.
Image is great, a few white spots now and then coming from a non-perfect copy. The sound is good but you'll have to turn your volume control. Scene access and theatrical trailer as bonus features.
A DVD for your library.
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In this film a former prostitute who moves to a small town to try and get on with her life.Read more