Melbourne Cinémathèque The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Kiss Me Deadly

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Its bravura, baroque visual style, array of expressive characterisation, depth of allusion and metaphor confirm Robert Aldrich’s seminal and most-celebrated film as the apocalyptic climax of the initial noir cycle.

Portraying Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) as a fascistic, moody and violent anti-hero caught between organised crime, government forces and the looming Armageddon, its startling mix of brutal pop primitivism, flip ’50s postures and modernist style and technique was a major influence on the nouvelle vague and Quentin Tarantino.

Hardboiled script by A. I. Bezzerides.