Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Early Kubrick

by Stanley Kubrick

Killers Kiss is Stanley Kubrick’s second feature-length drama and that’s one of the main reasons that it’s an interesting film. It starts off as a fairly conventional film noir with a voice-over filling in details. It’s beautifully shot by Kubrick himself and has some great shots and editing (by Kubrick as well). It’s a bit of a mixture of styles with some documentary-style shooting of a boxing match with a fantastic sound edit and a very cool long shot at the beginning of a rooftop chase sequence. A great use of light and shadow in sequences makes it a treat to watch, but overall it’s more interesting historically as Kubrick honed his skills to razor sharpness in later films.

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