Naked (1993)

Dir. Mike Leigh
Starring: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell, Claire Skinner, etc.
131 minutes
(Gerald Peary)

David Thewlis. I’m making a list of great characters/performances and David Thewlis gets on there for his role as Johnny in this film. I’ve read that he improvised every word in the film, which makes his performance impressive. (If they did the shots in a few takes, that would be even more impressive.) He’s speaking very fast intellectual and often witty lines. He’s one of the funnier characters–in one respect–of come across in a while.

The film is about lonely people in pain. Very few directors reach the depth of loneliness and realism in his characters. He’s also able to add humorous moments in this as well. In a way, the film made me think Leigh directing episodes of Taxi would be very interesting. You don’t see the average people that Leigh seems to like to feature, especially in many British films.

The insights into class are also interesting.

I’m curious to figure out the meaning of the sexual aggression in both male characters.

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