Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #26

Killer’s Kiss (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1955)

07-23 Killers Kiss

Kubrick’s second movie, which brought him to attention and helped launch his glorious career, is a shoestring B-feature about a boxer, a dance hall girl, and a gangster. These classic, seedy Gotham archetypes play out their drama in the streets of a postwar city in transition, where the lofts of Soho (before that neighborhood’s name was ever established) feature mannequins as weapons, Madison Square Garden was still on 50th Street, and Penn Station was one of the grandest palaces in the city. The location photography, done cheaply and under difficult circumstances, makes the movie a time capsule of a city whose greatest landmarks were not yet valued, and would soon disappear.

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