Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Classic Movie Review - Kiss Me Deadly

"Kiss Me Deadly" by Mike Hammer... a film noir masterpiece, an absolute must see. The photography is classic, with great location shots around Los Angeles. The soundtrack, not just the music, but the way ambient sounds reinforce the mood, is haunting. The acting is modern in the best sense. Really powerful performances, especially from Gaby Rodgers, the waif with the heart of ice.
Warning, there are several scenes of really excruciating violence. It takes place mostly off screen. Nonetheless, if you're sensitive to that sort of thing it might give you nightmares.
This movie is the last word in Cold War nihilism and angst.
Here's the IMDB page for it.
And it can be found on Youtube.
I'll spare you the details. They can be found on the IMDB site. Here are a few stills.
Nightmarish and disorienting opening shot of Christina (Cloris Leachman) running down the highway panic stricken and naked except for a coat.

Nick (Nick Dennis) one of several thoroughly fleshed out supporting characters bringing a lot of vitality to the story.

Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) and Velda (Maxine Cooper), more than just an assistant and able to be quite ruthless in her own right.

fist fight at night, ending with the assailant falling to his death down this vertiginous flight of steps.

Lily Carver (Gaby Rodgers)

Charlie Max (Jack Elam) not happy at all at what he just saw Mike Hammer do to his fellow henchman.

One of the many great location shots. Much of it was filmed in Bunker Hill, all of which was torn down in the 1960s.

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