Episode 113: Mike Leigh’s “Naked”
A discussion of Mike Leigh’s 1993 film, “Naked.”
In 1993, Mike Leigh made a drastic tonal shift with style, direction and emotional connection. In the film, “Naked,” Mike Leigh and David Thewlis chose to take an audience on a bleak, dark and almost miserable journey through the grim streets of London. “Naked” is Mike Leigh’s masterpiece. A film that has the ability to shock but at the same time tam an audience into lyrical beauty and malaise. Both Mike Leigh and David Thewlis are at the top of their game in the movie “Naked.”
What do people find so appealing with a bleak film like “Naked?” How big was the leap between “Life Is Sweet” in 1991 to “Naked” in 1993? And why is David Thewlis’ performance of the character of Johnny considered the best performance of the 90s?
Mike Leigh’s “Naked” is the subject of episode 113 of the AuteurCast…