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cover: Naked (2d-Mike Leigh)

Naked (2d-Mike Leigh)

Director(s): Mike Leigh

Theatrical Release: 1993

Cast: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell, Claire Skinner, Peter Wight

Genre(s): Drama, psychological, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom

Location in store: English Language (foreign) Directors > Mike Leigh

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Running Time: 131m.

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). -- Jason Ankeny (


Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #307 Special Features:

+ New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Mike Leigh

+ Audio commentary by director Mike Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge

+ Exclusive new video interview with director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men)

+ The Art Zone: “The Conversation,” a BBC program featuring author Will Self interviewing Leigh

+ The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1982 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis

+ Original theatrical trailer

+ Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: New essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin