Saturday, 5 May 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 125: Mon May 14

Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm


This hugely influential classic noir is part of a 'Take Two' special at Close-Up Cinema with Repo Man and also screens on May 30th. You can find the full details here.

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 (and above) are the incredible opening credits.

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