The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 10, with a screening of Kiss Me Deadly (1955, 106 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Kiss Me Deadly is director Robert Aldrich’s and screenplay writer’s A. I. Bezzeride’s take on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same title. Private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up hitchhiker Christina Bailey on a dark highway in the middle of the night. Soon after, gangsters overtake them, killing Bailey before sending her and an unconscious Hammer over a cliff in Hammer’s pristine white XK120 Jaguar convertible. When Hammer wakes up in a hospital three days later, he senses that Christina must have been involved in something serious. With the help of his assistant, Velda (Maxine Cooper), he sets out to solve the mystery of a box — dubbed “the great whatzit” — whose contents are supposedly worth a fortune.