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Day of the Fight (1951)

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Based on Kubrick's pictorial for Look Magazine (January 18, 1949) entitled "Prizefighter," "Day Of The Fight" tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, ... See full summary »

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Based on Kubrick's pictorial for Look Magazine (January 18, 1949) entitled "Prizefighter," "Day Of The Fight" tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, particularly the day of his bout with black middleweight Bobby James. This 16-minute short opens with a short (about 4 minutes) study of boxing's history, narrated by veteran newscaster Douglas Edwards in a no-nonsense, noir tone of voice. After this, we follow Walter (and his twin brother Vincent) through his day as he prepares for his 10:00 P.M. bout. After eating breakfast, going to early mass and eating lunch, he starts arranging his things for the fight at 4:00 P.M. By 8:00, he is waiting in his dressing room, where he undergoes a mental transformation, turning into the fighting machine the crowd clamors for. At 10:00, he faces James, and soon, he comes out victorious in a short match which was filmed live on April 17th, 1950. Written by Marc-David Jacobs <AgentMarcFBI@hotmail.com>

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The film premiered as part of RKO-Pathé's "This Is America" series and opened at the Paramount Theater in New York on 26 April 26 1951 as a short subject in a program featuring My Forbidden Past (1951). Headlining in a live stage show was Frank Sinatra, which also featured an appearance by blond bombshell Dagmar. See more »

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Narrator: In these hours he can feel his body tightening, but it's a tightness that does not come from lack of confidence, it's the pressure of the last waiting. Here in a place where the walls are so close a man can barely move his body around. If only the fight would come, then everything else would not be so bad -- not really bad at all.
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Interesting for completists but no-one else
1 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first short film by Kubrick, it follows a boxer through the day-long wait for an evening fight.

I watched this out of interest as I watch the majority of Kubrick's films. However this is the only appeal that I can see for watching this.

The short follows the boxer through his routines on the day, the heavy narration talks us through the whole thing. In theory the short is meant to give us an insight in the boxer's thoughts and feelings however it really only shows us what he eats and who he talks to.

This is interesting if you are a Kubrick completist but other than that it is of limited appeal.


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