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The Naked Kiss
USA 1964
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Running time 87 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars


Although apparently suffering from studio interference to the extent that Fuller wanted his name removed, in many ways this is his most accomplished film, for once balancing the director's flair for stylistics with a substantial story.

Opening brilliantly with a prostitute (Constance Towers) beating her pimp with a stiletto The Naked Kiss tells the story of Kelly (Towers) and her journey to personal redemption, or at least some version of it, in the byways of small-town America. Replete with characteristically seedy characters and moral turpitude Fuller delivers a first rate melodrama with a strong flavour of reality thanks to a strong script by the director and an excellent performance from Towers (who had played a stripper in Fuller's Shock Corridor, 1963).

DVD Extras: Available as a must-have 4 disc release by Umbrella Entertainment that also includes Pickup On South Street, Forty Guns, and Shock Corridor.

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment

 

 

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