Sam Fuller's The Naked Kiss is his last movie before becoming a wandering filmmaker forever in search of an amenable producer. Shot in conjunction with Shock Corridor , the low-budget thriller uses most of the same production personnel and the same leading lady, Constance Towers. Perhaps less experimental than its co-feature, The Naked Kiss nevertheless earns top marks with film critics and lovers of untamed, culturally subversive filmmaking. Nobody goes near the film in print without extolling its bravura opening sequence -- a series of subjective handheld shots of a bald prostitute beating her pimp into unconsciousness. The graphic image of the woman hovering over the man, going through his pockets, is one of cinema's purest expressions of the pulp fiction ethos.
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Samuel Fuller - Wikipedia
When he came back, he moved to Hollywood, and after a couple of his scripts sold, he decided to become a filmmaker. Known for constantly smoking a cigar, and sometimes wearing a military uniform while shooting, he would often start a take by firing a gun in the air. He told pulp fiction stories, about war, westerns, about modern crime that had a confrontational, no-bullshit approach. They may not be his best films, but they could be the most Fuller of all his movies.
Allied Artists, The Naked Kiss is every bit as cheap as Murder by Contract [reviewed here ], but more passionate and brilliant by far. The Naked Kiss starts off like a mids Porno Film, with a hooker beating her pimp make that ex-pimp nearly to death, and ends up with a soapy, sentimental scene that looks to have been lifted from Peyton Place. Along the way, it provides some of the bluntest and most disturbing imagery you can encounter in the movies, juxtaposing crippled children, Beethoven, crooked cops, Goethe, prostitution and… well, not Redemption but Self-Respect. Fuller and Cortez were kindred spirits, it seems, and together they turned out a film consistently fascinating to watch as well as to look at.
Kelly is a prostitute who arrives by bus in the small town of Grantville, just one more burg in a long string of quick stops on the run after being chased out of the big city by her former pimp. She engages in a quick tryst with local police captain Griff, who then tells her to stay out of his town and refers her to a cat-house just across the state line. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, becoming a nurse at a hospital for handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust reformed prostitutes, however, and continues trying to run her out of town. Kelly falls in love with J.