Robert Aldrich's KISS ME DEADLY & Budd Boetticher's THE KILLER IS LOOSE
Robert Aldrich's KISS ME DEADLY (1955, 106 min)
In this atomic adaptation of a Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker (Paths of Glory) stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kill Me Deadly is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever ben seen in American cinema.
Budd Boetticher's THE KILLER IS LOOSE (1956, 73 min)
Detective Sam Wagner's job is never easy. But this is no ordinary day for Wagner (Joseph Cotten) or his wife Lila (Rhonda Fleming). After pegging a recent bank robbery as an inside job orchestrated by mild-mannered clerk Leon Poole, Wagner heads to the suspect's apartment to make the arrest. Instead, Poole's beloved wife gets caught in the crossfire of a shootout. Sent to prison, and believing Wagner is responsible for his wife's death, Poole is desperate for revenge. Escape and murder soon follow with Poole bent on taking away the woman Wagner loves. Will the detective and his men save her in time?
Friday, December 14