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Every month,  I pick a new photography film 
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Join me as I share some of my favorite films for shutterbugs 

December selection: 
Kiss Me Deadly

I've picked something a little different this month for all my street photog pals.  Instead of a documentary, I wanted to share the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, directed by Robert Aldrich, photographed by the legendary Ernest Laszlo and based on the classic novel by Mickey Spillane.

Long-known for being one of the indie film inspirations of French New Wave directors, Kiss Me Deadly is a time capsule of 1955 Los Angeles.  The film was shot on location all over LA, using actual apartments, hotels, nightclubs and houses instead of film sets.  It's a joy to see so many beautiful images of this lost city. (The Bunker Hill neighborhood in this film was largely razed in the 1960s.)  

Kiss Me Deadly also happens to be one of the grittiest, creepiest and most thoroughly noir films of the entire film noir genre.  Add in a healthy dose of atomic age paranoia and a twist ending that you never see coming. (Not only that, you'll get the most famous McGuffin of cinema history.)   

I'm always surprised that more LA street photography fans don't know about this film.  (For even more LA street goodness in films, scroll down to the end of this page.)

Watch the incredibly pristine print of Kiss Me Deadly  above.
Running time: 1 hour, 46 min.

Check out the trailer below:

Owning the Criterion edition of this film is well worth the price for the bonus features alone:

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