Written by Stanley Kubrick and Jim Thompson
Starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, and Elisha Cook, Jr.
(The second in a series of posts on Stanley Kubrick's movies.)
This is Kubrick's third feature, and it's a great watch. It's clearly indebted to The Asphalt Jungle, and is also its own picture. Sterling Hayden shines in this movie, and it's easy to understand why Kubrick would later cast him so memorably in Dr. Strangelove. Elisha Cook, Jr. stands out in a fine cast, with the doomed sense of his marriage (with Marie Windsor as his wife) driving much of the story.
As for the narrative, it's not linear, which is particularly striking in a film from the '50's. While The Killer's Kiss and Fear and Desire (his first two features) both have some stunning moments, this is the first movie where there's the feeling of watching something special.
|Surely the most iconic image in the whole picture|