This is my second Sam Fuller film, and I'm starting to dig him. This is what early Tarantino films would have been like if Tarantino had a point he wanted to make. Beneath its lurid surface, it's a manifesto on the strength of independent women, regardless of society's double standards. And it's a great example of how a low-budget B movie can be a vehicle for both inventive style and provocative subject matter.
Samuel Fuller knocked me out again with this one. The Naked Kiss exists somewhere between sensationalism and raw emotion. At times it has an autumnal feel to it right before punching you in the face with pure cinematic energy. Stanley Cortez's cinematography is stunning as usual, but it's Constance Towers who steals the show. She has such a unique presence. That scene where the kids sing is so unsettling too.
Like most Fuller films this is a cynical pulp film noir but deeper than that it is an indictment on the so called sophisticated society that proves that what society deems as trash is a lot better than what society deems as good and wholesome. For it is the so called good and wholesome people that do the most fucked up things.
With the opening scene just bursting out of the frame and attacking the audience right at the start (reminding me of the opening scene from the silent masterpiece Ménilmontant), The Naked Kiss grabs your attention and won't let go. With traces of Sirk's melodrama and the pulpy noir atmosphere, Fuller tells a dark and sinister tale, moving between cynicism and unabashed sentimentality. Gutsy work, highly recommended!
An original piece set in the style of black cinema.Emphasizes at the beginning of the film with an unforgettable visual hook, but does not shine the direction of the actors, or the rhythm suddenly changes and now does not fit properly.
Another great one from Sam Fuller. Borders on 5/5 for me, but not quite. Even so, firmly makes its way onto my 60s list. Great use of closeups, as others have mentioned, as well as a powerful use of music/song. A pulp gem from one of the great directs ever to come out of Hollywood.