According to the Criterion Collection, the setup of 1964’s The Naked Kiss is “pure pulp.” A former prostitute (Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller, perverse secrets simmer beneath the wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez, and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments. Following the screening, award-winning actor Michael Dante will be on hand to discuss his starring role in the film, just one part of a Hollywood career spanning more than 60 years. In addition to his impressive filmography, the Rancho Mirage resident has published three books: Winterhawk’s Land, Six Rode Home and his award-winning autobiography Michael Dante: From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way. NOTE: The Naked Kiss is unrated and features adult themes throughout the film.
Event Type(s): Film