The Naked Kiss

The Naked Kiss

DVD - 2010
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An ex-prostitute moves to a small town to start her life over, but her past soon follows.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2010
ISBN: 9781604653755
1604653752
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 N1639f1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2015

One of the most perfectly rendered awful movies ever made, Samuel Fuller’s clichéd melodrama hits all wrong notes and does so with tawdry panache! A fine example of camp noir, Naked Kiss’ stock characters and exaggerated drama (everybody gets a gripping close-up!) are oddly compelling to watch especially when you throw in a few bitch fights, a crooked madam (she runs “Candy a la Carte” for discerning gentlemen with a sweet tooth), and an adorable cast of crippled children. A pleasantly lurid surprise whose solid camerawork and spirited performances—not to mention a refreshingly feminist slant—manage to rise above a wholly derivative script. No wonder it’s among John Waters’ Ten Most Favourite Overlooked Movies!

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ktallent
Dec 08, 2014

It's true, this is poorly acted and dreadfully edited, which are part its charm.

It's heavy but yet doesn't take itself too seriously. And it completely tells it like it is. No pussyfooting ever for Sam Fuller.

Recommended.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

The opening sequence HAS to be viewed, because words cannot satisfactorily describe the experience. All I can say is that I thought to myself: "What the fudgsicle is going on here?!?" And that's what Sam Fuller intended. He definitely got my attention. And yeah, the dialogue and the premise is absolutely absurd, but it wasn't completely devoid of merit. I'm somewhat awed that theater-goers swallowed this sort of hooey half a century ago. And this was probably considered scandalous! (Although, admittedly, Grant, the d-bag's exposé did leave me taken aback.) The 'Father Knows Best' and the 'Leave It To Beaver' picket-fence families must've been in shock.

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leensbo
Aug 08, 2013

Pulpy and strange, but I loved it! The musical number is weirdly beautiful.

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ManMachine
Nov 06, 2012

1964's The Naked Kiss is definitely one of those trashy, sleazy, low-budget, pulp films that's so bad that it's actually almost good. _____ This absurd piece of cinematic rubbish contains some of the most hilarious dialogue and ridiculously laughable situations imaginable. (Wait'll you get a load of the "Bon-Bon" Girls) _____ I haven't had such a good laugh over such a dead-serious film, as this one, in a long time. You really need to experience this film in all of its cornball melodramatics to know what I'm talking about here._____ Actress Constance Towers plays Kelly, a 2-bit, 30-something whore, who, after beating up on her pimp, high-tails it to smalltown Grantville where she hopes to start a fresh, new life for herself. (There's gonna be no more whoring around for Kelly)_____ But, as she soon discovers, the seemingly wholesomeness of Grantville is just a cover for a literal hotbed of hypocrisy, scandal and, yes, perversion._____ Containing a jazzed-up musical score of sexy saxophone riffs, The Naked Kiss was filmed in gritty b&w.

gacsub Jan 04, 2012

Poorly acted, dreadfully edited, and generally lacking life and believability, I found myself wishing it was more campy and worse than it was for my own entertainment.
The film adresses prostitute culture and child abuse, but comes off as a bad high school film.
Maybe it was ground breaking in it's time, but I'm surprised that it was part of the Criterion Collection.

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Janice21383
Sep 13, 2011

The Naked Kiss begins with Constance Towers slapping her pimp up, thereby losing her wig. Then it gets a little strange. You may wonder why the crippled children are dressed in pirate costumes, but then again, why shouldn't they be? BONUS: a musical number that was clearly an inspiration for The Sound of Music.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Kelly "...Nothing but the buck, the bed and the bottle for the rest of my life..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

J.L. Grant (to Kelly, after getting caught red-handed diddling a little girl): "...Now you know why I can never marry a normal woman. That's why I love you. You understand my sickness... You've been conditioned to people like me... You live in my world, and it will be an EXCITING world! My darling... our, our marriage, will be a paradise... because we're, we're BOTH abnormal..." (Kelly disconnects his cranium with the telephone receiver)

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Candy: "Nobody shoves dirty money in *my* mouth..."

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ManMachine
Nov 06, 2012

"You couldn't be that low - Even for a cop!"

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Janice21383
Sep 13, 2011

Addressing a winsome child with no legs: "Whaddya want? A MEDAL?"

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ManMachine
Nov 06, 2012

Sexual Content: This film makes suggestion of child molestation.

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