Killer's Kiss
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Stanley Kubrick's second feature film, Killer's Kiss was made on a budget of $40,000, all raised by Kubrick's relatives. The black-and-white drama was shot principally at night in a variety of seedy Manhattan locations. The plot, told in an extended flashback, covers two days in the life of boxer Davy Gordon (Jamie Smith) -- he meets nightclub dancer Gloria Price (Irene Kane); the two fall in love, and decide to make their futures somewhere other than New York City. But Gloria is lusted after by her ex-employer, Vince Rapallo (Frank Silvera), who not only won't take… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Kubrick's low-key lensing occasionally catches the flavor of the seamy side of Gotham life."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Kubrick worked in an uncharacteristically naturalistic style despite the genre material, with mixed but still fascinating results."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Kubrick's second feature shows his promise as a powerful and iconic director in motifs and style."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Depois deste filme, Kubrick jamais voltou a trabalhar com roteiros originais, optando apenas por adaptações - uma boa decisão, já que é a história que compromete este longa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Kubrick has created a sinister noir film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A noirish thriller with experimental trimmings that holds back most of the emotions, sensitive as well as otherwise, that threatened to make Kubrick's first feature mawkish."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Faced with hardly any budget to speak of, the 26-year-old Kubrick pulled out every trick that an independent filmmaker of no means could ever hope to stumble upon."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's tense, compelling and steeped in an urban anxiety that's strangely contemporary."
‑ , Film4
"Offers some glimpses of what [Kubrick] was capable of doing with no budget and no crew and no actors."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Kubrick makes the most of flashback and dream sequences, and a surreal climactic fight in a warehouse full of mannequins."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Frankly, it's a pretty wretched story, but this small, cheap film has style to spare."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Killer's Kiss is no one's idea of a great film but it displays much evidence of future brilliance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hardly Stanley Kubrick's best work."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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