The Naked Kiss: Review



This was the very first film we saw in our course in the Screenwriting module and here are my thoughts about it:

The story consists of a prostitute named Kelly, played by Towers, who runs away from a man who’s endangered her safety. Her fleeing inadvertently led her, two years later, to a town where “people are clean” as previously mentioned by Captain Griff. Griff, played by Eisley, is the police enforcement of the neighborhood and is struck by Kelly the moment she stepped on the sidewalk from the bus. This leads to a whole different and complicated “relationship”, of sorts, between the two. Bickering amongst two people with huge prides, is unavoidable. But of course this only adds to the underlying sexual tension they have for each other. We see her falling in and out of love with Griff and her growing infatuation with Grant, the most eligible bachelor in town, with whom she wants to start a life with. The life she never thought she deserved. We see her conflict with this, as well as her admittance that she is indeed in love with Griff, even though they could never have a future together. But undoubtedly, the main plot line of the film, is the journey that Kelly makes from being a low level prostitute to becoming a respected nurse for handicapped children. A far fetched idea, I know. But it works. In my opinion, that is. The various levels of human nature and emotion that are portrayed, primarily, by Towers is what makes the movie for me. Also, visually, the way the story is portrayed to the audience, is of such audacity and passion that you cannot help but get sucked in to this world where prostitutes should be given a second chance in life even though they might kill someone and never go to court for it.

Oh well, the world isn’t perfect.


The 3 Act Structure, 5 Act Structure and The Naked Kiss


This class was a very interesting one for we were introduced to the first basis of screenwriting, meaning the rules that comprise the 3 Act Structure. This is the structure most used by writers everywhere when creating stories for it is, in many ways, the easiest to follow. Whereas Shakespeare’s 5 Act Structure is a much more detailed account of the previous because it consists in dividing the story in different moments of action that might represent different plotlines within the film. After this we had the screening of Fuller’s “The Naked Kiss” which I thought was a spectacular film, and to it we were supposed to identify the points in the film that represented each one of the three acts of the story’s plot.

This lesson was overall quite enjoyable for it enabled me to comprehend the very basic lines I am to guide myself through when writing a story and also how to apply that knowledge so I can identify it in future film viewings.