The Naked Kiss


(out of 5)

, so brillant in Samuel Fuller’s previous film Shock Corridor, gets the spotlight in this excellent drama. She plays a prostitute who escapes her abusive pimp and moves to a clean, small town where she hopes to start afresh. Despite the local law enforcer knowing her past, she manages to get a good job in a hospital and charm the locals, even inspiring passion from the town’s richest resident who falls madly in love with her. Her past never stays too far behind, though, and she ends up discovering more moral corruption in this idyllic environment than she ever had in the gritty underworld of the big city, but nothing turns out the way you expect it to in this superb film. It’s a brilliant example of early independent filmmaking, as well as being a high quality film with terrific direction, beautiful cinematography and a sterling script that defies all conventions. Towers is wonderful, and the supporting cast is top notch as well.

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USA, 1964

Directed by Samuel Fuller

Screenplay by Samuel Fuller

Cinematography by

Produced by Samuel Fuller

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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