The Naked Kiss The Naked Kiss

The Naked Kiss

Samuel Fuller

 
The Naked Kiss (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1964
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.75:1
  • English
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  • Spine #18

The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller, perverse secrets simmer beneath the wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez, and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments.

Credits

DirectorSamuel Fuller
Produced and written bySamuel Fuller
CostumerEinar H. Bourman
Art directorEugène Lourié
Film editorJerome Thoms
Director of photographyStanley Cortez and A.S.C.
MusicPaul Dunlap
A production ofLeon Fromkess and Sam Firks

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on
    the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

    New cover by Daniel Clowes

Film Essays

The Naked Kiss: Fractured Fairy Tales

By Robert Polito January 18, 2011

In his Life Studies poem “To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage,” Robert Lowell wrote of “free-lancing out along the razor’s edge,” a lean, glamorous, tense phrasing that invokes the Samuel Fuller . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Naked Kiss

By Michael Dare August 25, 1998

A beautiful woman is mysteriously beating the bejesus out of a drunk when he suddenly pulls at her hair and it comes off. The now totally bald woman continues smacking him around with her shoe . . . Read more »

Book Notes

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Juice, with Lots of Pulp: Samuel Fuller’s Brainquake

By Michael Atkinson November 05, 2014

A review of the American auteur’s posthumously published novel Read more »


Big Screen


Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the preceding twelve months and deciding what was best and brightest. We’re happy to report that some of our . . . Read more »


Big Screen

Schooled in Noir

March 30, 2011

This Friday, the New School in New York kicks off what it promises will be an annual tradition—the New School Arts Festival, “a cultural showcase reflecting the artistic and intellectual energy . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss

January 24, 2011

Samuel Fuller’s sixties B-movie TKOs Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss—now in Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions—are the perfect entry into the singular world of the wonderfully ballsy auteur, a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Naked Kiss: Fractured Fairy Tales

By Robert Polito January 18, 2011

In his Life Studies poem “To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage,” Robert Lowell wrote of “free-lancing out along the razor’s edge,” a lean, glamorous, tense phrasing that invokes the Samuel Fuller . . . Read more »


Clippings

SAM FULLER, “THE COMPLETE AUTEUR”

April 19, 2009

“Why Sam Fuller?” a new essay by Tag Gallagher, in the latest issue of Senses of Cinema, asks. Aficionados might wonder, why even ask? But perhaps they forget that the two-fisted termite art of . . . Read more »


Book Notes

Me and Sam Fuller

By Lisa Dombrowski December 29, 2008

It is a good time to belong to the cult of Fuller. Those of us who consider ourselves members never forget our moment of induction. Some enlisted when his films first hit the screen—lucky enough . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Naked Kiss

By Michael Dare August 25, 1998

A beautiful woman is mysteriously beating the bejesus out of a drunk when he suddenly pulls at her hair and it comes off. The now totally bald woman continues smacking him around with her shoe . . . Read more »