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The Naked Kiss (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 21 April 1965 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Samuel Fuller

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Conrad Karen Conrad ... Dusty
Marie Devereux Marie Devereux ... Buff
Betty Bronson ... Miss Josephine
Patsy Kelly ... Mac
Virginia Grey ... Candy
Michael Dante ... Grant
Anthony Eisley ... Griff
Constance Towers ... Kelly
Linda Francis Linda Francis ... Rembrandt
Bill Sampson Bill Sampson ... Jerry
Sheila Mintz Sheila Mintz ... Receptionist
Patricia Gayle Patricia Gayle ... Nurse
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Kip (as Gerald Michenaud)
George Spell George Spell ... Tim
Christopher Barrey Christopher Barrey ... Peanuts (as Christopher Barry)
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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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Shock and Shame Story of a Night Girl! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Kiss See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #18. See more »

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When Kelly first arrives to town, she walks past a theatre, and Fuller takes the chance to promote his own 'Shock Corridor' as if being projected there. However, the action takes place in August 12th 1963, whereas the movie wouldn't be released till September 11th. See more »

Quotes

Kelly: I saw a broken down piece of machinery. Nothing but the buck, the bed and the bottle for the rest of my life. That's what I saw.
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"Charlie" played by Himself Charlie is Miss Josephine's dressmaker's dummy which she has dressed as her fiancé who was killed in World War II. See more »

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Sung by Constance Towers and the children
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You won't be bored, and you might be amazed. Great low-budget stuff.
31 March 2010 | by secondtakeSee 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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