Killer's Kiss ★★★½

Dually a refined work of noir cinema and a polished example of Kubrick's early genius. A seedy, simple love triangle, Killer's Kiss presents Kubrick's utter comprehension of whatever style he worked in, as he masters low-key lighting (Rapallo lights a cigar in his pitch black office), expressionistic compositions (Davey framed by his opponent's legs), and the oppression of the city (contrasted with the allure of the pure rural countryside). As to the latter, Kubrick's films deal in thematics regarding internal derangement made external by circumstance and here that mental break is brought about by the confinement and freneticism of the metropolis. For a second outing as director, Kubrick displays a refinement in league with the major players of the time.

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