Combustible Celluloid
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With: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Micahel Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly, Marie Devereux, Karen Conrad, Linda Francis, Bill Sampson, Sheila Mintz, Patricia Gayle, Jean-Michel Michenaud, George Spell, Christopher Barry, Patty Robinson
Written by: Samuel Fuller
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90
Date: 10/29/1964

The Naked Kiss (1964)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Wigging Out

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Samuel Fuller's The Naked Kiss is one of his oddest and most brutal works. In its unforgettable beginning, a woman (Constance Towers) grapples and claws with a man in a room; at one point, he reaches up and snatches off her wig, revealing a completely bald dome! As the credits roll, she re-applies her wig in the mirror before she escapes to a small town and lands a job working for handicapped children. Unfortunately, she gets into more trouble when she initiates a love triangle between herself, the town sheriff and the sheriff's best friend.

The Criterion Collection released a Blu-Ray edition in 2010, containing a new interview with actress Towers, vintage interviews, a trailer, an episode of "The South Bank Show" dedicated to Fuller, and the glorious uncompressed monaural soundtrack. The liner notes booklet comes with drawings by Daniel Clowes, an essay by critic/poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's autobiography.

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