kiss me deadly

Director: Robert Aldrich
USA, 1955, 106 mins, 35mm

kiss me deadly
Image: Kiss Me Deadly

Featuring: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Maxine Cooper and Gaby Rodgers.

'A thick-ear masterpiece.shot through with strange characters and fringe-fantastical elements' - Empire Magazine

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Chapel Distribution are proud to announce the exclusive limited release of a new 35mm print of Robert Aldrich's influential film noir Kiss Me Deadly.

Robert Aldrich's apocalyptic B-Grade film noir promised 'blood red kisses, white hot thrills' on its initial release. Widely considered as the film that marks the end of the classic film noir period, its apocalyptic vision brilliantly captures the paranoia of post-War America.

Based on the pulp novel by Mickey Spillane, Kiss Me Deadly follows sleazy private investigator Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) through the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles. Hammer runs into trouble after he picks up a mysterious hitchhiker (naked under her trenchcoat!) who is being pursued by an unknown menace. Fast cars, dangerous dames and hardboiled dialogue abound as Hammer embarks on the search for 'the great whatsit'.

First celebrated by the directors of the French New Wave, Kiss Me Deadly has influenced many filmmakers including George Miller who riffs magnificently on the apocalyptic vision in his Mad Max films. The 'white hot' glowing nuclear suitcase has been referenced in films such as Alex Cox's Repo Man and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

As part of the Remembered By cinema program Kiss Me Deadly will be screened in a double bill with George Miller's Mad Max at 7pm from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 May. Kiss Me Deadly will then continue to screen at ACMI for a limited exclusive re-release season running until Thursday 29 May (inclusive).

Classification to be confirmed.

Source/Courtesy: Chapel Distribution

Dates   Thursday 22 May 2003, 7pm
Friday 23 May - Saturday 24 May 2003, 12pm, 2.30pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sunday 25 May 2003, 11.30am, 4.30pm, 7pm,  9.30pm
Monday 26 May - Wednesday 28 May 2003, 12pm, 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.15pm, 9.30pm
Thursday 29 May 2003, 12pm, 2.30pm
Admission   Adults $12 Concession $9 Double Feature (Kiss Me Deadly + Mad Max) $15
    bookings (03) 8663 2583
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