The Naked Kiss (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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.
We see a good deal of that emotional violence--as well as a dose of physical violence--in the opening scenes of "The Naked Kiss," as an aging yet still attractive harridan named Kelly (Constance Towers) pummels her pimp senseless with a high-heeled shoe. She's striking out on her own, taking a sum of money from her now prostrate boss in order to make her escape. Kelly feels that the years of abuse and degradation have rendered her useless and decrepit, and she hopes a new start will restore a modicum of her youthful zest for life.Read more ›
This is a facinating film--- read all the reviews for all the editions. But it IS a low budget production. This Miracle disc, while not being in the same league with Criterion is really pretty watchable. It's no demonstration disc, but it's a way to own a movie you may not want to watch very often.
If you are a serious collector, go for the Criterion. Otherwise, this one is a lot better than one has any right to expect for something that's being sold for a few cents plus shipping.
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Very well thought of among diehard Fuller fans, but, even at ninety minutes, I found it exhausting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher Grattan
It's become common to compare and contrast The Naked Kiss with Fuller's Shock Corridor so I guess I'll follow the trend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark C. Jones
While Douglas Sirk gave us frothy, sudsy offerings (ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, WRITTEN ON THE WIND, etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David H. (Austin)
I give this movie 4 stars. It was a very good movie, but a little sad. However, it gets 4 stars because the clarity was really bad. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mini barbii
Samuel Fuller's (1912 1997) gifts as a director of low-budget, sensationalistic, and morally provocative films are on full display in this 1964 movie, "The Naked Kiss",... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robin Friedman
This film is one of the best examples of 20th century Feminist Cinema. A truly independent vision for its time, the movie explores sexual immorality, perversion, abortion and other... Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Adducchio
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