Day of the Fight (1951)





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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, 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-Pathé's "This Is America" series.
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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Douglas Edwards
as Narrator
Douglas Edwards
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Critic Reviews for Day of the Fight

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Introducing Stanley Kubrick...

November 29, 2009
Film Threat

A finely crafted film.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Day of the Fight

I imagine that if Kubrick didn't make this no one would really see it. Still it ends up being an interesting little bio on boxer Walter Cartier. More interesting overall than Flying Padre.

Michael Stuhlman
Michael Stuhlman

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
Buddy A

Super Reviewer

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

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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