Day of the Fight (1951)

Day of the Fight





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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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
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Introducing Stanley Kubrick...

Full Review… | November 30, 2009
Film Threat

A finely crafted film.

Full Review… | July 21, 2009
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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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Ken Stachnik

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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.

Buddy A

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You can see the immerging talent behind the lens. One of Kubrick's early works.

Wu Chouin

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