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Naked (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Thewlis ... Johnny
Lesley Sharp ... Louise
Katrin Cartlidge ... Sophie
Greg Cruttwell Greg Cruttwell ... Jeremy
Claire Skinner ... Sandra
Peter Wight ... Brian
Ewen Bremner ... Archie
Susan Vidler ... Maggie
Deborah MacLaren Deborah MacLaren ... Woman in Window
Gina McKee ... Cafe Girl
Carolina Giammetta ... Masseuse
Elizabeth Berrington ... Giselle
Darren Tunstall Darren Tunstall ... Poster Man
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Chauffeur
Lynda Rooke Lynda Rooke ... Victim
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Storyline

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own. Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

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When unbalance leads to submission

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mike Leigh's Naked See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,463, 19 December 1993

Gross USA:

$1,769,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,769,305
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #307. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: You think you can recapture your youth by fucking it? You don't want to fuck me. You'll catch something cruel.
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References The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) See more »

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You're standing in my sun
10 May 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

A modern day Diogenes. Then the parallel to an ancient Greek philosopher set in London early 90s seems right, as this embodiment of the stubborn unwieldy iconoclast who wars you in semantics. Just look at his phenotype; Leigh obsesses over his startling close-ups. He's completely numb in how he dismantles. Perhaps it's why he does it is to provoke others into teaching him about himself with comebacks of their own; he savors confronting as real living. "Don't waste your life." It's too late. He reacts to her surprise he's 27 with his grizzly appearance. He is constantly horrified by 'time.' The cinema in this is his loveability compared to his words. How the film contrasts him with the malicious sociopath is to make the distinction between the two. They are in fact brothers and different outcomes in pain. His obsession with religious iconography and prophecies anticipate the 21st century that will make this film mighty indeed. See how that man's faith was the future, holding a photo not of Jesus, but a shack completely away from civilization. Then different primitivism is salvation not Naked's A.I. future which would be much like his job: comfortable and standstill and hopeless. Evolution evolving as a paradox, as it inevitably leads to 'no evolution' being some collective retirement. On the other end of that though. Transhumanists know streamlining and AI fulfill every equation until every corner of the universe is woke. Then it's a paranoia of the individual and its consequence. That is not the dearth of society but the consequence of thriving. They are already in ruins against it, yet cannot hope to even put it into words. Yet they know. The posters, megadeath, therapy, reflect this all as scrambles of Jungian screaming. As modern day hieroglyphics. The film is the primitivism of individualism within the late-stage capitalism and transhumanist future--except lives have to be lived even as the -something- is brought in. A Generation X Jesus was my favorite remark. Exactly that!


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