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Naked Kiss [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1964]

Release Date:01/18/2011

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    Special Features

    • New Video Interview with Star Constance Towers by Film Historian and Filmmaker Charles Dennis
    • Excerpts from a 1983 episode of The South Bank Show dedicated to Director Samuel Fuller
    • Interview with Fuller from a 1967 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps
    • Interview with Fuller from a 1987 episode of the French television series Cinéma Cinémas
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Plus: Illustrations by Cartoonist Daniel Clowes and a booklet featuring an Essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's Autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking


    The Naked Kiss
    Kelly (Constance Towers), a prostitute who wants to transform her life, beats up her pimp, takes the 75 dollars he owes her, and leaves town. Winding up in the small town of Grantville, she turns a trick with Griff (Anthony Eisley), who is actually the sheriff. After paying her for sex, Griff tells Kelly that Grantville is a clean town and orders her out, though he refers her to a brothel in a neighboring city. Instead, Kelly makes a final break with her past and becomes a nurse's aide at the local children's hospital. In that capacity, she meets Grant (Michael Dante), who is a benefactor of the hospital, a descendant of the town's founder -- and Griff's best friend. As Grant and Kelly fall in love, Griff viciously accuses Kelly of using her hospital job to hide ongoing illicit activities. When Kelly tells Grant about her past, he seems to accept her without reservation and proposes marriage; however, Kelly soon learns the perverse truth about her fiancée and takes matters into her own hands. Samuel Fuller's raw film noir exposes the hypocrisy of a supposedly proper society. Beneath the veneer of respectability lies an exploitive abuse of power, no different from that of any pimp. ~ Steve Press, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Constance Towers
      Constance Towers - Kelly
    • Anthony Eisley
      Anthony Eisley - Griff
    • Michael Dante
      Michael Dante - Grant
    • Virginia Grey
      Virginia Grey - Candy
    • Patsy Kelly
      Patsy Kelly - Mac

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