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

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Sam Fuller's full blown pulp melodrama is straight off the pages of dime-store crime magazines. His use of arty compositions and artificial dialogue prove once again that people only talk like this in his movies. This, his seventeenth film, takes place when all the women were dames and all the men were heels. Kelly, a former prostitute, is a woman of two worlds trying to find redemption in a world controlled by men. Relocated to Grantville, a suburb where everyone is artificially decent, she soon turns into Mother Teresa, quotes Goethe and teaches cripples to walk. The infiltration goes smoothly until she discovers a shocking murder scene and her cover begins to unravel. Fuller also manages to break traditional filmmaking manners by employing jump cuts, long inner monologues, and one of the most questionably placed and maudlin musical numbers ever filmed.
  • Credits
    Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Virginia Grey, Betty Bronson, Michael Dante, Ralph Vitti, Patsy Kelly, Linda Francis, Barbara Perry
  • Critic Reviews
    "...All tabloid sensibility..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...This is a glorified 'B' directed with style and punch..."
    USA Today

    "[I]t offers a searing indictment of small-town hypocrisy."
    Sight and Sound

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