Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955):
The Church of London, 71 Leonard St, EC2A, 6.30pm
Little White Lies magazine and MGM HD TV film channel bring a taste of
L.A. to London this summer, continuing their great Hollywood Drive season with Robert Aldrich's classic 1950s noir.
Chicago Reader review of Kiss Me Deadly:
'The end of the world, starring Ralph Meeker (at his sleaziest)
as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (at his most neolithic).
Robert Aldrich's 1955 film is in some ways the apotheosis of film
noir—it's certainly one of the most extreme examples of the genre,
brimming with barely suppressed hysteria and set in a world totally
without moral order. Even the credits run upside down. This
independently produced low-budget film was a shining example for the New
Wave directors—Truffaut, Godard, et al—who found it proof positive
that commercial films could accommodate the quirkiest and most personal
Here is the opening with the amazing credits. The ending is one of Hollywood's greatest.