Big screen classics

Kiss Me Deadly

A brutish private eye investigates the murder of a mysterious woman.

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USA 1955
Dir Robert Aldrich
With Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Cloris Leachman
106min
Digital
Certificate 12A

In this famously bleak adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, Aldrich stresses the brutish nature of private eye Mike Hammer as he investigates the murder of a desperate woman fleeing from a psychiatric hospital to whom he gave a lift (and, as a result, almost died himself). Vividly grotesque characters and Ernest Laszlo’s noir camerawork anticipate one of the most memorable endings in cinema.