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Exposed (1983)

Exposed (1983)





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Exposed is the film in which concert violinist Rudolf Nureyev grabs his bow and "plays" the lissome body of Nastassja Kinski. This may well stand as the silliest bit of erotica in screen history, but in the context of the film it's a model of restraint. We're asked to believe that Kinski is Elizabeth Carlson, a Wisconsin girl who has come to the big city to make it as a pianist or model. We're also supposed to be convinced that Nureyev is part-time espionage agent Daniel Jelline, who is determined to bring terrorist Rivas (Harvey Keitel) to justice. Much of the film takes place in Paris, where at least the scenery is lovely. The various plotlines and characters never quite congeal. Despite the fact that director James Toback is given sole screenplay credit, the film seems more like a "committee" project. To its credit, Exposed is never dull; with that cast, how could anyone fall asleep?


Nastassja Kinski
as Elizabeth Carlson
Rudolf Nureev
as Daniel Jelline
Ian McShane
as Greg Miller
Murray Moston
as Hotel Manager
as Lois Straub
Jeff Silverman
as Man in Street
Miguel Pinero
as Man in the Street (New York)
Ray Sawhill
as Man in Street
Michel Delahaye
as Man in Street
Brian Hamill
as Store Manager
Tony Sirico
as Record Store Thief
David Jalil
as Rivas' Gang
Aina Walle
as Rivas' Gang
Emil Tchakarov
as Conductor
Jacques Preyer
as French Cabby
John Snyder
as Photographer's Assistant
Vincent Lascoumes
as French Cabby
José Torres
as Guest at Party
Irving Buchman
as Makeup Man
Amy Steel
as Guest at Party
Anthony Cortino
as Hairdresser
Pete Hamill
as Guest at Party
as Model
James Toback
as Leo Boscovitch
Denis Seurat
as Place d'Alma Model
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Critic Reviews for Exposed

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Tensely pendular tracking shots and deft full-circle pans mesh split-second action with a repressed romanticism; after a tautly efficient car chase, the inevitable conflagration yields a majestic, paranoid stillness.

November 24, 2014 | Full Review…

The film's ambitions get in the way of its action all the way through.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

A diverting piece of glitz, the film has attractive people doing odd and interesting things in strange and wonderful places.

January 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Exposed


Kinski is great, although the "impulsive risk-taking" that Toback wants to follow inside her, through different types of life and types of movies, isn't written believably. She's his wish-fulfillment fantasy and eventually her curiosity isn't active anymore; she is just an observer of two active, automatic and solipsistic men who are able to preternaturally mesmerize women for no reason that gets exposed on film. Toback tries to go Hitchcock, and tries to go Godard to get from Hitchcock back to Toback, and ends up with a kind of action movie by a hopelessly intellectual pervert. Excellent cinematography except for the panoramic city shots, which belong in stock footage, and which the pervert is using to bore the pants off you.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

Decent Tobak film that unfortunately doesn't hold up well with time.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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