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A lot more to this than meets the eye...,
This review is from: Kiss Me Deadly [DVD] (DVD)
Over thirty years ago, long, long before Sky had tied up new releases and the quality back catalogue, a film fan could educate him or herself through the simple expedient of watching terrestrial tv. Most nights from about 11 pm BBC2 was showing classics of British, world or US cinema. That's how I first stumbled on "Kiss Me Deadly" - a bored teenager flicking through the very limited range of channels available. That turned out to be one of the most memorable film experiences of my life. Its been called the best film noir ever. Its fair to say that's probably wrong, but misses the point. As a late example (1955) it represents the apogee of film noir and to my mind you really can't begin to understand it until you understand the US in the fifties - affluent and expansive but paranoid and terrified. That's assuming (and this is apparently a matter of debate) that this unique film, and in particular its conclusion, came about in the way the film makers intended.
There's no real point in describing the plot - it's as unfathomable as most of the film noir genre - it's the style that counts. Then, three quarters of the way through, the film throws a real twist at you, leading inexorably to the final beachhouse scene. At that point, conventionality goes out of the window - along with the world and everything else...
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2011 20:13:50 GMT
Ronald Haak says:
Yes, this solid and daring film manages to be indelibly 1950s and decades ahead of its time simultaneuosly. It's a masterpiece.
Posted on 27 Mar 2013 07:54:41 GMT
S. Hyde says:
Yes, i remember the 80s and 90s when the BBC2 showed a huge range of classic and foreign films including directors seasons/retrospectives and Moviedrome. Tell me more about why you think Sky is responsible for their dramatic absence from terrestrial tv today?
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