Day of the Fight (1951)
Day of the Fight is a 15-minute short documentary about the middleweight Irish boxer Walter Cartier. While working as a photographer for Look magazine in the late '40s, Stanley Kubrick encountered Cartier through a photo shoot and article entitled "Prizefighter." Inspired, Kubrick met with him and created his first film, which was then purchased by RKO. Narrated by news reporter Douglas Edwards, the film follows the boxer and his twin brother, Vincent Cartier, during a typical day of eating, praying, and preparing to fight. The conclusion involves a fight against Bobby James, which was filmed live in 1950 at Laurel Gardens. Day of the Fight premiered in 1951 as part of RKO-Pathť's "This Is America" series. … More
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Day of the Fight is a great little slice of life filmed beautifully by Stanley Kubrick. It really was like one of his early photographs come to life (if you've not seen Kubrick's photography of the 40s/50s I suggest you buy the book). The Black and White photography is brilliant with the backdrop of 1950's New York and I'm sure Martin Scorsese had this film in mind when making Raging Bull.
If it wasn't for the name Kubrick this 1 reeler would likely be lost.
You can see some very early Kubrick style in the composition of shots and in one particular shot involving a stool.
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Kubrick's very first film, this short gives us just the tiniest peek at the future techniques of what was soon to become one of moviedom's greatest directors. Shot in the style of a "March of Time" newsreel (in fact, one of its former producers was involved in this film's creation), Kubrick's legendary attention to detail is remarkably evident (especially in the religious artifacts that surround our "hero," the prizefighter Walter Cartier), and has a certain "eerieness" (which was to become a trademark of Kubrick's) in its bizarre fascination with Cartier's ever-present twin brother. Recommended, especially for Kubrick fans.More
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