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Stanley Kubrick

Killer’s Kiss

Kubrick’s menacing second feature, plus a short documentary.

Image from Killer’s Kiss

USA 1955
Dir Stanley Kubrick
With Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane
Digital (2, 5 Apr), 35mm (10 Apr)
Certificate 12A

For his second feature, Kubrick moved to the murky underbelly of his native New York City for a film noir revolving around a has-been boxer, a dancer and a menacing hood in a long weekend of sexual desire and brutal violence. Kubrick makes a virtue of meagre resources as he captures New York and its impressive locales, providing vérité energy that anticipated the cinema of the French new wave.

+ The Seafarers
USA 1953. Dir Stanley Kubrick. 29min. Digital
Kubrick made this short documentary as a commission by the Seafarers International Union to promote the benefits of membership. Thought lost for many years, it has to be seen at face value but as a piece of juvenilia and in the context of this season, it is an interesting piece of the puzzle when assessing his career as a whole.


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