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The Naked Kiss (1964)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 October 1964 (USA)
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Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. There, she meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kelly
Anthony Eisley ...
Capt. Griff
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J.L. Grant
Virginia Grey ...
Candy
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Mac - Head Nurse
Marie Devereux ...
Buff
Karen Conrad ...
Dusty
Linda Francis ...
Rembrandt
Bill Sampson ...
Jerry
Sheila Mintz ...
Receptionist
Patricia Gayle ...
Nurse
Jean-Michel Michenaud ...
Kip (as Gerald Michenaud)
George Spell ...
Tim
Christopher Barry ...
Peanuts
Patty Robinson ...
Angel Face
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Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. There, she meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. The woman, traumatized by an experience in the past called "The Naked Kiss" by psychiatrists, finally, finds a job as a nurser in a Hospital for handicapped children, experience that allows her to find a sensitive side in caring and patiently love each one of her little patients. Apparently, Kelly will find happiness in Grant, her fiancé and Griff's partner, but she will be the witness of a shocking event that will threaten this happiness and even her mental health. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Candy's Place--where all kinds of men find all kinds of sweets! See more »

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The Iron Kiss  »

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Two of the posters on the wall of the children's ward are from Howard Pyle's "Book of Pirates", one of 'William "Captain" Kidd overseeing a treasure burial' and the other depicting pirates burying a treasure. See more »

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When Kelly approaches the porch of the house with the room for rent, she picks up the newspaper and hands it to the landlady who has opened the door. The newspaper, as picked up by Kelly, is snugly rolled up and bound with a rubber band. But in the next frame, taken from inside as we see landlady and Kelly come through the door, the newspaper in the landlady's hand is not a rolled up paper, but one that is simply folded in half. See more »

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Buff: [Referring to the offer to work at Candy's club as a prostitute, which Kelly seeks to talk her out of] Friend said I could make 300 dollars a week.
Kelly: All right, go ahead. You know what's different about the first night? Nothing. Nothing... except it lasts forever, that's all. You'll be sleeping on the skin of a nightmare for the rest of your life. Oh, you're a beautiful girl, Buff. Young... Oh, they'll outbid each other for you. You'll get clothes, compliments, cash... And you'll meet men *you* ...
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You won't be bored, and you might be amazed. Great low-budget stuff.
31 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Naked Kiss (1964)

Constance Towers is fresh off of Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor the previous year, and she is perfectly adroit at the saint/sinner, prostitute/angel dichotomy at the core of it. This is a crazy movie to take seriously, yet there are so many serious parts to it, not the least of which is child molesting. For a 1964 movie that's daring stuff. Throw in a corrupt lovable cop, sweet children with physical disabilities, tinkly fairy tale music that comes out of nowhere when she is looking at a bedroom to stay in, and some good old female fist fights. Out comes a Fuller masterwork, of sort.

It's flawed enough to make some people run, but edgy enough to glue others to their seats. If the movie industry was looking for ways to break out of the doldrums of the late 1950s and early 1960s (there are some terrible high budget films from these years), it overlooked the breakthroughs coming from the fringes. The directness and everyday nasty material here would be the bedrock of movies in just two or three years, as violence, frank sexual content, and flawed people became the norm.

You may as well admit, too, that the best parts of this movie are terrific, including some hard edged, sharp, black and white photography. The Criterion DVD is as close to great as you can get, even though there is some confusion about the way even this famed company handled the release. The movie was actually shot in 4:3 format, in so called "flat" 35mm shooting (no anamorphic lens used). It was then cropped along the top and bottom to create a wide screen format for theatrical release. The "fullscreen" version is formatted full (and I don't know if any of the fullscreen ones show the whole original "open matte" formatting, or are further cropped from the widescreen cropping). Either way, it was intended to be seen with wide screen composition, so get the Criterion. It's beautiful.


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