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Maryville Talks Movies – Kiss Me Deadly
December 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Maryville Talks Movies brings together students and the St. Louis community to watch and discuss significant films in a variety of genres. This week’s film will be Kiss Me Deadly, which was released in 1948. Jason Telford, PhD, will introduce Kiss Me Deadly and then, after the viewing, lead a 40-minute presentation or Q & A session.
Based on Mickey Spillane’s book of the same name, Kiss Me Deadly is director Robert Aldrich’s 1955 film noir masterwork and commentary on Cold War paranoia. The cinematography is classic German neo-expressionism in black and white. Kiss Me Deadly juxtaposes gritty dime-store noir with villains who quote Shakespeare. When Hammer, a private detective, picks up a hitchhiker, he sets off a string events that climax in an apocalyptic ending.
Although this is a for-credit course, the public is invited to attend the movie screenings and accompanying discussions.