Naked

Naked

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Director: Mike Leigh, David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge

Cast: Mike Leigh, David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge

     
 

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A scathing look at Britain in the post-Thatcher era, Mike Leigh's Naked stars David Thewlis as Johnny, an unemployed layabout with a philosophical bent and a nasty edge. In the opening scene, he's committing rape, and before the credits even roll, he's also stolen a car to flee from Manchester to the London home of an old girlfriend (Lesley Sharp). The film's

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A scathing look at Britain in the post-Thatcher era, Mike Leigh's Naked stars David Thewlis as Johnny, an unemployed layabout with a philosophical bent and a nasty edge. In the opening scene, he's committing rape, and before the credits even roll, he's also stolen a car to flee from Manchester to the London home of an old girlfriend (Lesley Sharp). The film's loose, sprawling narrative follows Johnny as he randomly makes his way through the streets of London, encountering a homeless Scottish couple, a nightwatchman and a series of women whom he charms and discards. He lives defiantly outside of the system, refusing to conform to the demands of anyone (including himself).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Both hailed and criticized for its bleakness and its basically brutal treatment of women, Naked is an intensely powerful and disturbing motion picture experience. Director Mike Leigh is making a pull-no-punches statement about late 20th century Britain, specifically about the manner in which social systems enable (and allegedly encourage) the strong to abuse the weak. This includes Johnny, a down-and-out drifter with a keen intellect and razor-sharp wit. Victimized by this system, he in turn takes his anger out on those weaker than he, generally women and specifically those who express feelings of warmth or concern toward him. The brutality with which Johnny (and others) treat many of the women in the film is difficult to take; indeed, much of the film is challenging to watch, as there is a rawness and hopelessness that permeates the film. This is leavened by a great deal of humor, as Johnny's brilliant mind can always come up with surprising and amusing comments; but even the humor is of a black or mean bent. Many will be turned off by all of this, but many will also find it exhilarating, thanks to David Thewlis's brilliant acting and Leigh's assured and masterly handling of the material. Thewlis gives one of the most impressive screen performances of the 1990s; his Johnny may be mean, bitter, and almost unbearably angry, but he can also be charming, witty, and even at times sympathetic. Thewlis conveys the quiet desperation that lies beneath the character's unpleasant characteristics, and makes the viewer feel for him, even as he feels repulsed. It is a fascinating portrait. Naked is often horrible to watch, but those who can do so without looking away will be amply rewarded.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
UPC:
0715515083812
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
18,485

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge; Video interview with filmmaker Neil LaBute ; Episode of the BBC program The Art Zone in which author Will Self interviews Leigh; The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1987 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis with audio commentary by Leigh; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Thewlis Johnny
Lesley Sharp Louise
Katrin Cartlidge Sophie
Greg Cruttwell Jeremy
Claire Skinner Sandra
Mike Leigh Actor
Lesley Sharpe Actor
Peter Wight Brian
Susan Vidler Maggie
Deborah MacLaren Woman In Window
Gina McKee Cafe Girl
Elizabeth Berrington Giselle
Ewen Bremner Archie
Robert Putt Chauffeur
Peter Whitman Mr. Halpern
David Foxxe Tea Bar Owner
Sandra Voe Bag Lady
Toby Jones Man in Tea Bar

Technical Credits
Mike Leigh Director,Screenwriter
Christine Blundell Makeup
Simon Channing-Williams Producer
Alison Chitty Production Designer
Andrew Dickson Score Composer
Andrew Dixon Score Composer
Jon Gregory Editor
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Jones-Evans Production Designer
Dick Pope Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Eve Stewart Art Director

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Naked 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike Leigh has always been an interesting filmmaker, running the gamut from touching to disturbing, but none of his films rings so home on both ends as this. Shot with a bare script and mostly improvised dialogue, it's a film focused on characters and delivers amazing performances across the board, but particularly from David Thewlis, who is mezmerizing as the mentally troubled Johnny. Listening to his breakneck rants, which actually carry a central philosophy of sorts, is a marvel. The film's loose narrative gives plenty of room for the actors to breathe, and shines because of it. Simply put, it's an amazing film.
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