Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1955 • United States
Starring Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane
This early feature by Stanley Kubrick finds the precocious young director seizing the noir genre as an opportunity for visual experimentation and moody atmosphere, laying the groundwork for the following year’s THE KILLING. The bare-bones plot concerns a washed-up boxer who lands in hot water when he steps between a taxi dancer and her violent boss. Independently produced on a shoestring budget, KILLER’S KISS captures the seedy side of 1950s New York with vivid location photography and features a memorable action scene in a mannequin warehouse, the first of many great set pieces to come in Kubrick’s career.