Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 314: Fri Nov 9

Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955): Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, 7pm
This sounds a great night out: Join MGM HD, The Old Vic Tunnels and Time Out Live for three nights of noir and neo-noir classics (Nov 9-11), set in the dark and sultry underworld of Prohibition-period America. As well as full film screenings and expert Q&As lead by Time Out Film editor Dave Calhoun, moviegoers are invited to wander through a bespoke theatrical performance and installation piece, with femme fatales and corrupt cops at every turn. Dressing up is highly encouraged.
See details of the full live season at www.timeout.com/nightsofnoir. 
Kiss Me Deadly screens in a double-bill with Blue Velvet and is one of the very best examples of Hollywood film noir. Highly recommended.

Chicago Reader review:
'The end of the world, starring Ralph Meeker (at his sleaziest) as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (at his most neolithic). Robert Aldrich's 1955 film is in some ways the apotheosis of film noir—it's certainly one of the most extreme examples of the genre, brimming with barely suppressed hysteria and set in a world totally without moral order. Even the credits run upside down. This independently produced low-budget film was a shining example for the New Wave directors—Truffaut, Godard, et al—who found it proof positive that commercial films could accommodate the quirkiest and most personal of visions.' 
Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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