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Kiss Me Deadly
Blood red kisses! White hot thrills! Mickey Spillane's latest H-bomb...
One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay 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.
This movie is so far above and beyond anything created by humans that it effectively qualifies as an alien transmission.
Fin de masculinity. Fin de femme fatale. Fin de violence e sexe. Fin de noir. Fin de cinema. Fin de le monde.
Kiss Me Deadly screams onto screen with an opening scene that immediately alerts audiences to its explosive intentions. Out of the blackness of the theater we see a woman emerge wearing nothing but a trench coat, standing in traffic risking her life desperately trying to hitch a ride. Beginning films with a "cold open" wasn't unheard of in 1955, but it was incredibly rare before the 1960's when TV serials standardized it. This opening would have been startling not only because of its content, but because audiences would not have been expecting it. Finally someone picks her up, and she sobs quietly over the opening credits—which scroll backwards, top to bottom. This creates a fundamentally unsettling atmosphere which tells us…
The moment Mike Hammer realizes that he's made a huge mistake is when the movie reveals itself to be beamed in from a different planet, an ancient civilization's warning to humanity about the folly that led to their demise. We didn't listen.
I did manage to finish it tonight without nodding off. No suspicions of being shot up with sodium pentothal this evening.
I've watched quite a few noirs in the last few months or so but I don't think I've watched any that are nearly as odd as Kiss Me Deadly. From what I've read about this film over the years, and it is a film that I've been meaning to watch for a very long time indeed, many of the references to its offbeat nature have been to the main plot itself - or at least how it ends up panning out in the last half an hour.
Actually, aside from the mysterious item that is much sought after, I…
Noir apocalypse and the neanderthal detective, "let him go to hell." A hundred bizarre, brilliant tremors in Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, all building up to the revelation that the coveted, enchanted glow is really a mushroom cloud, pushing humanity back into the ocean.
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Worth watching, if only because I have had the DVD on my shelf for years! From the opening sequence, to the titles to the ending, this must be one of the most mind-bogglingly warped noir films I have seen. Not sure about Ralph Meeker, or some of the plotting, but blimey...
Nothing really stepped out and removed this from the film noir tropes. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood but it didn't feel unique in any way.
Also Brad Pitt asked far more convincingly, "what's in the box"!
A very good film that was ruined by a lame ending that wasn't built towards and that left so many questions unanswered. Pity.
The best movie David Lynch ever made.
So bizarre, insane and sometimes utterly illogical, "Kiss Me Deadly" is elevated from pulp to art thanks to Robert Aldrich's idiosyncratic direction and Ernest Laszlo's dazzling cinematography, full of long shadows and sharp angles.
The plot is ridiculous. I don't even know what happens and I don't really care because its imagery is so striking that I was captivated from start to finish. The violence is brutal and the dialogue is charged with Cold War paranoia. It's not at all a slick film. It's crude and rough and badass as fuck.
Noir isn't really my thing...But it's still cleverly constructed and amusing...The divide between the physical LA and his phone calls are interesting as is any reading that places this film in the context of America between WWII and the dead-end Cold War...
This is a lot of fun for a while, but the fact that nothing adds up and everyone's behavior is incoherent becomes increasingly annoying as time passes and by the end the idiocy alienates.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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