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You Need to See... The Naked Kiss

A travelling prostitute uncovers a hotbed of corruption when she tries to settle down in a seemingly wholesome small town, in Samuel Fuller's fabulously lurid pulp-cinema masterpiece.

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Feb 16, 2016

As lurid (and fabulous) as its title, The Naked Kiss is part aberrant saint's story, part Sirkian attack on bourgeois blindness and hypocrisy, and all appalling masterpiece. You need to see tonight's presentation of its 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. "But why?" you may ask...


IT HAS A STRAIGHT-UP CRAZY OPENING SCENE, THAT ENDS WITH THIS EPIC POV SHOT.

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IT'S NUMBER 7 ON JOHN WATER'S LIST OF FAVOURITE OVERLOOKED MOVIES

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ITS CRITERION COLLECTION PACKAGING WAS DESIGNED BY GRAPHIC NOVELIST DANIEL CLOWES, THE AUTHOR AND INCREDIBLE MIND BEHIND GHOST WORLD.

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The Naked Kiss bares all, in 35mm, tonight at TIFF Bell Lightbox.