Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

DVD - 2011
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"In an atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Snarling private detective Mike Hammer's decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, it's a film noir masterpiece and an essential piece of cold war paranoia. Featuring as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2011.
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 9781604654356
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. 1 booklet.


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Dec 05, 2017

This 1955 film was somewhat of a anti-film noir film noir. Sudden eruptions of shocking violence. One of the first films to start the story before the credits. Disconcerting display of the credits to unsettle the audience. Film shots that seem to be radically framed a la Robert Bresson. One of the first films to include African-American characters that are real. Robert Aldrich, an independent minded director, was not happy to just utilize established techniques. He always wanted to do something totally different. Some say this was the last of the long string of American black and white film noir.


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