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Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1955 (USA)
Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writer:

Stanley Kubrick (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Silvera ... Vinnie Rapallo
Jamie Smith Jamie Smith ... Davey Gordon
Irene Kane Irene Kane ... Gloria Price
Jerry Jarrett Jerry Jarrett ... Albert
Mike Dana Mike Dana ... Gangster
Felice Orlandi ... Gangster
Shaun O'Brien Shaun O'Brien ... Landlord
Barbara Brand Barbara Brand ... Taxi Dance Lady
David Vaughan David Vaughan ... Conventioneer #1
Alec Rubin Alec Rubin ... Conventioneer #2
Ralph Roberts ... Bouncer #1
Phil Stevenson Phil Stevenson ... Bouncer #2
Arthur Feldman Arthur Feldman ... Policeman #1
Bill Funaro Bill Funaro ... Taxi Driver
Skippy Adelman Skippy Adelman ... Mannequin Factory Owner
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Storyline

Prize-fighter Davy Gordon intervenes when private dancer Gloria Price is being attacked by her employer and lover Vincent Raphello. This brings the two together and they get involved with each other, which displeases Raphello. He sends men out to kill Davy, but they instead kill his friend. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davy to save her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Minotaur Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many scenes were photographed with a springwound Eyemo camera, which holds 100-foot loads of film. The Eyemo was borrowed from Max Glenn and was subsequently stolen from Stanley Kubrick's car. For many tracking shots, Kubrick and company used the back of a pickup truck in place of a dolly. Kubrick was on welfare during the making of this film. See more »

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Before Davy jumps through the loft window, he is wearing light socks and later dark socks. When he lands on the sidewalk, he is clearly wearing white socks. See more »

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Gloria Price: [Rebuffing Vinny] Can't you get it, Vinny? To me you're just an old man. You smell bad.
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Love Theme from the Song "Once"
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A early start to Kubrick's fantastic career.
12 February 2000 | by Bowie718See all my reviews

With 3 short films and a feature (Fear And Desire [1953]) under his belt, none of which had received any notice (in fact, Kubrick bought up all of the existing prints of Fear And Desire, because he thought it was poorly done [not to mention that it was being billed as a sexploitation film]), Kubrick decided to try out something new. He decided to go with Film-Noir.

The film is filled with Kubrick trademarks through and through. He uses boxing (which was the subject of his very first short Day of the Fight [1951]), zooming techniques, flashbacks (also used in his next film The Killing [1956]) and narration. The cinematography is exquisite, as usual, with many shots (particularly in the boxing studio and the train station) being backlit with a soft, grey light to give it a disconnected, almost rear-screen-projection feel. However, it is obvious that this is the early, naive Kubrick at work here. The entire movie, like Fear And Desire, is post-dubbed (much like a Fellini film), with all of the sound effects being done over by a meticulous Kubrick. And, of course, the Film-Noir. Davey Gordon (played to perfection by Jamie Smith) is the almost-stereotypical Noir anti-hero, with Irene Kane (aka journalist Chris Chase) as his anti-heroine. Frank Silvera, who had the lead role in Fear And Desire, is the slimy villain, whom you actually want to die (a good sign [for a villain]).

This Kubrick film can most be compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) or Barry Lyndon (1975), in that, once you get past a slow beginning, the end is absolutely riveting. Kubrick knows that he wants to grab his audience, and he does so with perfection. Some of it is padded (the ballet sequence is not particular interest), but the rest it great, from the initial boxing sequence to the chase scene at the end. If you're a fan of Kubrick, see it. If you're a fan of great cinema, see it. If you're a fan of Film-Noir, see it (but take it with a pinch of salt). If you're none of these things, see it, and you will be.


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