Fifth about The Seventh

Killer’s Kiss

Killer’s Kiss: the story told by Stanley Kubrick in this modest noir is slight, somewhat unbelievable, and not altogether interesting; the main problem is that there’s no proper development of any of the characters. Additionally, the acting is generally very wooden: Irene Kane and Jamie Smith both look the part (hers is a beautiful face and frame, he has a properly beefy look), but they are both very inexpressive; Frank Silvera fares a bit better. Kubrick worked overtime in this small project: his editing is a bit sloppy, in particular early on; by the other hand, as cinematographer his shot selection and execution are very rich and interesting, presenting some striking frames and very good use of the seedy and interesting selection of New York locations.

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