Saturday, 20 July 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 218: Tue Aug 6

Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955):
The Church of London, 71 Leonard St, EC2A, 6.30pm

Little White Lies magazine and MGM HD TV film channel bring a taste of L.A. to London this summer, continuing their great Hollywood Drive season with Robert Aldrich's classic 1950s noir.

Chicago Reader review of Kiss Me Deadly:
'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 opening with the amazing credits. The ending is one of Hollywood's greatest.

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