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CFS presents: Kiss me deadly







65 and up
Young adults

Type of activity

Cinéma du Musée


In Person
Sunday May 29, 2022 at 06:00 pm

Original English version.

16mm film.

One evening, detective Mike Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has just escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs chase them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that “something big” is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.

KISS ME DEADLY is the definitive, apocalyptic, nihilistic, science-fiction film noir of all time - at the close of the classic noir period (along with TOUCH OF EVIL) Producer/director Aldrich's brutal, fast action, paranoid film with a series of disconnected scenes, was based upon pulp fiction writer Mickey Spillane's 1952 sensationalist detective best-seller of the same name. The original posters screamed: BLOOD-RED KISSES, WHITE-HOT THRILLS!

This independent film features a cheap and sleazy, contemptible, fascistic private investigator/vigilante whose trademarks are brutish violence, the end-justifies-the-means philosophy and speed. The solitary ruthless cop selfishly pursues a white-hot apocalyptic object in a mysterious 'Pandora's box' suitcase (although there is no explicit mention of the words bomb, atomic, or thermo-nuclear) Later films would repeat the motif of the mysterious box, such as REPO MAN (1984) and PULP FICTION (1994)

It is rich with symbolic allusions, labyrinthine and complex plot threads, and Cold War fear and nuclear paranoia. The film, shot over a one month period in late 1954, is a masterpiece of cinematography, exhibited in the disorienting camera angles and unique and unconventional compositions of cinematographer Ernest Laszlo. It has all the elements of great film noir - a stark opening sequence, destructive femme fatales, low-life cheap gangsters, an anti-hero, expressionistically-lit night-time scenes, a vengeful quest, and a dark mood of hopelessness.

Guest Speaker: Lana Maria Chammas

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