In the course of my work as a documentary filmmaker, I sometimes find hidden gems. Samuel Fuller’s “The Naked Kiss” is one of them.
[ WARNING: Spoilers! ]
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Shown from left: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley.
I watched this movie as research for a current project, and was embarrassed that I’ve never explored the world of Sam Fuller. Better known for some of his bigger films like “Big Red One,” Fuller is also a master of accomplishing greatness with a limited budget.
'Naked Kiss' was notable for its era, diving into twisted psychology and fringe professions. It grabs me from the opening scene every time.
The film is the story of Kelly, a prostitute (Constance Towers), who tries to re-invent herself in a small town.
The first person she meets is Griff (Anthony Eisley), a corrupt police captain who tries to send her down a dark path which she resists. Instead. she gets a job working with handicapped children.
She becomes romantically involved with one of the town’s social elite, Grant, brilliantly played by Michael Dante.
All nice and storybook, right? Nope!
Grant has a horrible secret. He's a child molester. The entire town has looked the other way.
When Kelly chooses to confront the demon and reveal these secrets, her brave decision endangers first her sanity, then her life.
As relevant today as it was when it was made in 1964, this film includes some of the most haunting on-screen performances I’ve ever seen.
Links below to check out the movie and some rare collectibles.
Samuel Fuller’s IMDB
To purchase or rent from Amazon.
To watch with Amazon Prime.
To purchase original press book.
To purchase original lobby card.
In 1987, Arleen Sorkin played a bizarre dream jester on the classic soap opera Days of our Lives. Watch above. Several years later, that curious character became the inspiration for Harley Quinn on Batman: The Animated Series. Naturally, Sorkin voiced Ms. Quinn. From Vulture: In 1987, Sorkin was a regular on the soap opera Days […]
Tim Gonzales has loving edited together a trailer for an Ahsoka Tano feature film. Using old footage from Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebels, the story is focused on Ahsoka, one of the few worthwhile Jedi, as she proctors, the galaxies’ remaining Jedi and faces off against her old Master. This arc in Star Wars […]
A ridiculous show of LEGO mastery. However…
There’s reading for pleasure, and then there’s reading for fuel; absorbing the great ideas in nonfiction books so you can apply them in your own life. In today’s hectic pace, it can be difficult to find the time to do that reading – especially for the entrepreneurs and professionals who can benefit the most from […]
Breaking into the big leagues as a project manager isn’t done overnight, but there are principles that anyone can learn, and they’re applicable to nearly any business. No matter what your field, if there are multiple teams working toward a common goal, you’re going to need a roadmap. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Suite […]
On the one hand, nostalgia is “a corruption of the historical impulse,” according to William Gibson. On the other hand, “Super Mario Bros.” will never not be cool. Luckily, there’s a way to satisfy that retro gaming while still keeping an eye on the future: The GameShell Kit. This thing is simultaneously the last handheld […]