Killer's Kiss

Killer's Kiss

DVD - 1999
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A boxer in New York protects a nightclub dancer, not knowing that her boss is a gangster.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment, c1999.
ISBN: 9780792841388
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 12, 2016

Legendary director Stanley Kubrick (who also doubled as writer, producer, cinematographer, and editor) helms his first foray into film noir with this 67-minute mood piece whose flat lighting and highly stylized framing would later become part of his signature repertoire. The story itself—a washed-up boxer rescues a damsel in distress and so invokes the jealous wrath of her gangster boyfriend—is pure pulp as is the schlocky dialogue, but the mean streets of New York City have rarely looked so skewed and menacing. Kubrick, who was actually collecting welfare at the time and operating out of the back of his truck, shows a newfound maturity as his camera swoops and curves up stairwells and across rooftops; creeping down a shadowed alley one moment and basking in the garish neon of Times Square the next. In a chain of particularly memorable scenes boxer and femme fatale regard each other across a courtyard, their lives delineated by their apartments’ square window frames. Lacking proper permits, much of the filming was done on the sly resulting in an improvised verité energy reduced only slightly by the fact sound and voices had to be dubbed in later. A visceral boxing sequence compares favourably to Scorsese’s "Raging Bull" albeit on a much smaller budget, but it’s the final confrontation played out in a warehouse brimming with naked mannequins which hints at the young director’s future genius.

7duffy Sep 01, 2014

A low budget, but extremely entertaining movie, due to Kubrick's direction.

Mar 16, 2014

Fantastic film and loads of dark fun as the Rosetta Stone of Kubrick studies. Inventive camera work throughout (such as the perspective on fish bowl feeding) and great performance by Jamie Smith as the boxer casually drawn into a seedy underworld. The one Kubrick film this presages is Eyes Wide Shut, although the amazing fist fight with naked mannequins does rather suggest the future ultra-violence of A Clockwork Orange.

Oct 02, 2012

Set in NYC and filmed in stark b&w, Killer's Kiss, from 1955, was Stanley Kubrick's second feature film as a director.... Filmed on a super low-budget, this incredibly seedy-looking "boy-meets-girl" Crime/Drama contains a number of very interesting location shots around the city..... Featuring some priceless, wooden performances, ludicrous situations and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Killer's Kiss has washed-up boxer, Davey Gordon saving dancehall-hostess-in-distress, Gloria, from the slimy, lecherous clutches of her greasy, gangster boss, Mr. Rapalo..... This film, with its 70 minute running time, is noteworthy for its final confrontation that takes place between good and bad within the shadowy confines of a dimly-lit warehouse crammed with dozens of naked, department store mannequins.


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Oct 02, 2012

Violence: This movie contains an intense boxing match. And guys get punched and beat up outside the ring, as well.


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