Moviedrome Mondays: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

While this is far from my last Moviedrome Monday entry, this week’s entry serves as Alex Cox’s final appearance on Moviedrome as host. 3 years later, Moviedrome would be rebooted with Mark Cousins taking over hosting duties from 1997 to 2000.

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to legendary two-fisted director Robert Aldrich’s 1955 cult film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 12, 1994 (read here). Considering how influential this film was on his own Repo Man, Kiss Me Deadly serves as the perfect film for Cox to end his Moviedrome years on. Since it is hard for me to do justice to this film noir gem, click here to read my review of the film from three years earlier. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Robert Aldrich films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Kiss Me Deadly

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s commentary on Kiss Me Deadly, but I can’t remember If this was the special feature from the US Blu-Ray/DVD Criterion edition or not.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Also, here is a youtube video link to screenwriter Josh Olson’s Trailers from Hell commentary on it

Also, here is a youtube video link to TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Eddie Muller’s intro and outro to it as part of his Noir Alley lineup from last year.


10 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

  1. Kiss Me Deadly is one of my favorite films. It is, in fact, almost perfect–and it’s the “almost” part that makes it so…the ambiguity, if you will. It’s so unique, exotic and wonderful.

  2. So we come to the end of the Alex Cox era. I feel a little sad, although I’ve enjoyed this journey through the history of Moviedrome. It’s good to go out on top, and Alex couldn’t have ended his tenure with a more appropriate film than Kiss Me Deadly!

  3. I feel the same way Paul. Make no mistake, I love Mark Cousins intros as well, but I think what made Alex Cox so special was the unique he introduced the films 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I agree with you Pam 🙂 What makes Kiss Me Deadly so unique is that it is a 1950’s film with an anti-1950’s streak 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. I have seen that Mark Cousins documentary and it is every bit as great in it’s own way as Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire du Cinema, Martin Scorsese’s A Personal Journey Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy are regarding cinema as an art form. Hard to believe Cousins documentary is 10 years-old (it came out in 2011) 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. When I read the plot summary for this, two movies immediately came to mind: the end of Indiana Jones, and Pulp Fiction. They probably both got their MacGuffin inspiration from Kiss Me Deadly!

  7. Yeah, I know what you mean 🙂 Kiss Me Deadly also influenced David Lynch’s Lost Highway in a few ways 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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