To a greater degree than any other post-war filmmaker in Hollywood, Samuel Fuller and his movies gleefully cracked the façade of the American Dream wide open to expose the venality and hypocrisy just below the surface.

In THE NAKED KISS—his mid-sixties “yarn” tracing ex-prostitute Kelly (Constance Towers) and her thwarted attempts at self-rehabilitation—Fuller’s twisted mise-en-scène matches the psychology of his characters.

Following the American Cinematheque screening this weekend at the Egyptian, Towers will join author Foster Hirsch for a conversation about the film.


Sunday, January 27, 6:30 pm.

A pre-film reception starts at 5:30 pm in the courtyard.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Samuel Fuller and Constance Towers on set, The Naked Kiss (1964); Towers (2) in The Naked Kiss.

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