Monday, February 9, 2009

Killer's Kiss (1955)

After washed up boxer Davey Gordon loses his last shot at a little fight, he decides to pack it in and work on his uncle's farm out in Seattle. That night, he intervenes in an argument between his neighbor Gloria Price and her boss. After spending the next two days getting to know each other, Gloria decides to leave her job as a dancer and travel with Davey to Seattle. Her boss won't allow it and sends his goons to rough up Davey. The goons accidentally kill Davey's manager instead and wind up having to kidnap Gloria so she doesn't go to the cops with what she knows.

Stanley Kubrick's second film Killer's Kiss is long on style, but short on story. There's not a whole lot going on, but it is visually arresting. It's a bit raw in spots - as you can imagine - but Kubrick's talent shines through. I've always attributed the amazing visuals in Kubrick's films to his history as a still photographer. It's certainly evident in this picture. The dream sequence (using the negative image) and the final chase are fantastic. It's a bit funny that the big showdown takes place in a mannequin factory, but the fight and the chase leading up to it are some great tense moments.

For fans of Kubrick and excellent cinematography, this movie is a must.

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