Kiss Me Deadly is one of the ultimate films of the 1950s because the film has found a cineast's allure ever since its release. The French almost immediately recognized in it-indeed, agreed upon it - the reverence of a prophetic talisman, evil, mysterious, almost a warning for the cavalier hipness it dares to assume. Also, considered by many film critics this film was finishing a classical era of noir movies.
Because by the mid-fifties film noir is coming to end and after was popular new style of crime genre. For the screenplay was taken Mickey Spillane’s novel about detective-Mike Hammer. As in the novel dealt with the drug, it’s officially considered unfit for the film adaptation. Screenwriter Albert Beziraydes completely changed the story after problem with drugs and came up with a hot nuclear ‘’briefcase’’ and catastrophic finale.
At the time, the movie has a painful impression to American audiences .
Film critics respectable American publications ignored ‘’Kiss Me Deadly’’ as low-standard and in Britain the film didn’t come out in the rental ( to the cinema)
Only the french critics admitted frantic whirl of movie expressionism. Francois Truffaut and Claude Chabrol saw in Aldrich’s another confirmation that the original artistic statement perhaps even in a commercial cinema.
The principal elements of Tech-noir characters are almost invariably melodramatic types, while the settings both represent the technological problem the hero must face and serve the interests of pathetic fallacy, thus they are most often variations of the mythological wasteland. The plot is often reducible to matters of power and is almost always expressed in terms of violent action, but may also be complicated by reversals, misdirections, and revelations that are more likely to be related to the injudicious use of technology than to character development.
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SOURCE BOOK #1
Tech-Noir Film : A theory of the development of popular genres.
by Auger, Emily E.
SOURCE BOOK #2
Street with no name: A history of the classic american film noir.
by Dickos, Andrew