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Day of the Fight (1951)

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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Douglas Edwards ...
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Nat Fleischer ...
Himself, boxing historian (in longer version only)
Walter Cartier ...
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Vincent Cartier ...
Himself, Walter's twin brother and manager
Bobby James ...
Himself, Walter's opponent
Dan Stampler ...
Himself, owner of The Steak Joint restaurant
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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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26 April 1951 (USA)  »

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This Is America: Day of the Fight  »

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The final sequence (the Walter Cartier vs. Bobby James bout) was filmed live on 17 April 17 1950 by Stanley Kubrick and Alexander Singer. See more »

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Narrator: Before a fight there's always that last look in the mirror. Time to wonder what it will reflect tomorrow.
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A perfect embryonic Kubrick movie
17 September 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Day of the Fight is rarely seen, but essential viewing for anybody who takes cinema, or Kubrick, seriously. It encompasses one day in the life of a boxer in New York City in 1951, and is beautifully filmed (Kubrick at the camera) and structured, with the audience knowing throughout that the day will end in a fight, so there is built-in tension about that upcoming bout, and who will win. The voice-over is tightly written by Kubrick, and his writing is only one of many suggestions of the scope of the filmmaker's gifts. Two examples: A scene where the fighter is at home playing with his dog while the voice-over talks about the brutality the man employs in the ring-- terrific contrast in moods. And the audio is perfect: the only time Kubrick films with sound is when the boxer enters the ring-- then you hear crowd sounds, announcers, everything. Until then, it's a documentary with voice-over. It really is a minor work of an important genius.


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