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The Naked Kiss (1964)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 March 1966 (Mexico)
Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. Kelly finds a job as a nurse in a hospital for handicapped children. The work helps her find her sensitive side in the caring and helping of her young patients. Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss, when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Samuel Fuller wrote in his autobiography that Constance Towers actually shaved her head for the opening scene, "without any qualms." However, Towers denied this in a recent interview, and her bald cap can be clearly seen in some shots. See more »

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When the landlady is showing Kelly her room--the one with "Charlie"--she calls her Miss Kelly, despite the fact that Kelly hadn't yet said her name. See more »

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Capt. Griff: [Interested in the champagne that Kelly is selling] "Angel Foam"... Never heard of it.
Kelly: It's an exclusive line I'm introducing in this state.
Capt. Griff: Domestic, or... imported?
Kelly: Angel Foam goes down like liquid gold, and it comes up like slow dynamite... For the man of taste.
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"Charlie" played by Himself Charlie is Madame Josephine's dressmaker's dummy which she has dressed as her fiance who was killed in World War II. See more »

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Referenced in Nadja (1994) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Music by Teodoro Cottrau
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Interesting, but I don't quite get it.
16 November 1999 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the second Fuller film that I've seen (the other one was "Shock Corridor"). I can't say that I was bored, but I really don't see why these films are held in such high esteem by some people (including famous film-makers like Scorsese). "The Naked Kiss" is certainly a good-looking film. The black and white cinematography is excellent, as you would expect from those involved. But stylistically, the film is kind of a mess -- a weird mixture of soap opera, film noir, 1960's-style psychological drama, and kinky shocker. For fans of the latter, that infamous opening scene certainly promises a lot more than the rest of the film delivers. As it seems to belong to no particular genre, perhaps Fuller's work could be considered a genre in itself. As has been pointed out elsewhere, if watched in the right company it can be a real camp hoot. But honestly, I think this film is far too flawed to be called a masterpiece, as some people have. The acting is fairly nasty, the script not much better. And that horrendous scene where our heroine sings that sickeningly sweet, cloying, endless song with the kids at the hospital! Good Lord, it's one of the most embarrassingly awful things I've ever seen on film! It seemed to induce actual physical pain, I kid you not! The subject of child abuse, which occurs in the film, was fairly progressive for its time, I'll grant, but hardly unique. If you can, see an even earlier film (1961) called "The Mark," with Stuart Whitman, Maria Schell and Rod Steiger. While staying in the confines of early '60s constrictions, it addressed the subject in a much more powerful and direct manner, to greater effect. I guess I'd have to consider Fuller one of those "cult film" figures. Either you get it, or you don't.


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