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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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Candy's Place--where all kinds of men find all kinds of sweets! 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle' is a quote from the French writer, Charles Baudelaire. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

"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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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (2002) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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the feminist macabre
25 December 2004 | by jeanpesceSee all my reviews

I began looking into Sam Fuller after seeing a documentary about him on TV in which Scorsese, Tarantino, and Tim Robbins discussed his films. Scorsese also mentions Fuller in his "Personal Journey" film retrospective, in which he sites "The Naked Kiss" as a major influence. From what I've read, the studios found the material in "The Naked Kiss" to be a tad on the heinous side, and re-edited Fuller's film to the point where he didn't even want his name in the credits. His name is very much in the credits however, for soon after the film opens with a prostitute beating a man unconscious with the heel of her shoe, Fuller is named writer, director, and producer. I suspect that the discomfited staggering between camp, noir, and grotesque melodrama, might be more a result of studio tampering than Fuller's misdirection. It is also difficult to discern just what sort of censorship the studios achieved, for whatever they did was austerely permeated by social taboos the likes of abortion, prostitution, child molestation, and murder. These issues are treated by Fuller in a way that is decisively an ideological digression from noir, despite the film's sporadic use of noir's aesthetic. In noir, women are the enigmatic femme fatales: deceptive, seductive, fatal, and the primary antagonism of all men. It appears to be precisely the opposite in "The Naked Kiss." Fuller's protagonist, Kelly, an ex-hooker, tells a cop that you can always tell when a man is "a pervert" from his "naked kiss." Throughout the film, as Kelly encounters women dealing with abortion, prostitution, and pretty much just general depravity, Fuller shows men reinforcing and furthering their depravity, then condemning it when need be. The character of Griff, the cop, is the essence of this. To Fuller, there is a perversity in the way men treat women in American society, and it is reflected in the title of the film itself.


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