Okay, we can stop mucking about now. After a couple of shaky starts, Kubrick with The Killing finally makes a fantastic film. Released in 1956, Kubrick's film comes at the fag end of the film noir period - Touch of Evil would close the first phase in 1958 - and there is a sense of the walls closing in not only on the protagonists but also on the genre itself.
Davey Gordon (Jamie Smith) is a 29-year-old welterweight New York boxer at the fag end of his career. Across from his apartment, he watches his beautiful neighbor, taxi dancer Gloria Price (Irene Kane), but she is already the object of the obsessive interest of her violent employer Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera).
Having made two short films to some success, a 25 year old Look photographer decided to raise some money and make a feature film, because - after all - that's where the money is. The result was Fear and Desire, a pretentious allegorical war story with some dazzling photography and flashes of promises.
John Bleasdale is a writer. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Il Manifesto, as well as CineVue.Com and theStudioExec.com. He has also written a number of plays, screenplays and novels.