Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)

***½
USA

Before Stanley Kubrick mastered the fundamentals of pacing, storytelling, character development and directing actors, he was already a consummate visual stylist. So, while this limp, budgetless, crudely patched-up noir never gives you the sense that it's going anywhere worthwhile, it's bewildering to look at and it regularly breaks out into stunning, indelible setpieces of an intensity rarely found even in sophisticated productions.

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1 Comments:

At 9:38 PM , Blogger Paul Martin said...

I don't remember a lot about this film (which I saw as part of the Kubrick retrospective early last year at ACMI), but I vividly remember the opening scene with the details of the talcum powder and bandages being applied. It was visually enthralling.

 

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