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Sunday, 6 October 2013

2013: A Kubrickian Odyssey - Killer's Kiss

Throughout 2013, I shall be watching all of Stanley Kubrick's 13 feature films in chronological order. I'll discuss each film on here along with a handful of documentaries and short films. To read all the posts so far, click on the "Stanley Kubrick" tag at the end of this post.

Stanley Kubrick returned to the cinema screen, after the unfavourable experience of making Fear & Desire, with Killer's Kiss: a film noir about an ageing boxer who falls in love with his neighbour. Technically, the film is a vast improvement on the amateurish Fear & Desire, but there is sadly little else to recommend about Killer's Kiss.

The main problem is that there is nothing remotely interesting about the characters or the story. For all of its faults, Fear And Desire at least attempted to tell an interesting story; something that Killer's Kiss just doesn't do. Davey Gordon has little in his life worth fighting for; his modest boxing career is on a downward spiral and he spends his days doing very little. After losing his latest fight, he begins a relationship with his neighbour Gloria, a dancer who works at a club in the city. However, she is wary of the advances of her shady employer Vincent.