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Naked

Mike Leigh

 
Naked (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1993
  • 131 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #307

The brilliant and controversial Naked, from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

Credits

DirectorMike Leigh
ScreenplayMike Leigh
ProducerSimon Channing-Williams
Director of photographyDick Pope
EditorJon Gregory
CostumesLindy Hemming
MusicAndrew Dickson
Production designAlison Chitty
Art directorEve Stewart
CastingPaddy Stern and Susie Parriss

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Mike Leigh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge
  • New video interview with director Neil LaBute
  • Episode of the BBC program The Art Zone in which author Will Self interviews Leigh
  • The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1987 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis, with audio commentary by Leigh
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin

    New cover by Rasmus Alkestrand

Film Essays

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Naked

By Ian Buruma July 04, 1994

Mike Leigh was born in the north of England in 1943. He was trained in the theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in film at the London Film School. When he arrived in London in the . . . Read more »

Performances


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Naked: Desperate Days

By Derek Malcolm July 12, 2011

Naked is the angriest, most bitterly critical attack on the false values of society that Mike Leigh, Britain’s constant chronicler of the tragic comedy of desperate lives, has ever made. Its . . . Read more »


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Naked: The Monster We Know

By Amy Taubin July 12, 2011

Heeeere’s Johnny, the desperate, destructive prophet-of-the-apocalypse protagonist of Mike Leigh’s brilliantly corrosive Naked (1993), a sexually explicit update to a long line of British films, . . . Read more »


Clippings

Wong, Doyle, and Leigh Visit Leonard Lopate

October 16, 2008

While in New York for the premiere of Ashes of Time Redux, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai and his long-time cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, sat down with Leonard Lopate for the radio host’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_712_016_thumbnail

Naked

By Ian Buruma July 04, 1994

Mike Leigh was born in the north of England in 1943. He was trained in the theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in film at the London Film School. When he arrived in London in the . . . Read more »