From Photography to Film Noir: Stanley Kubrick’s Early Career

When: Tuesday, May 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, Prizefighter [Walter Cartier during a fight.], 1948 ©SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York.

When young Kubrick first transitioned from photography to cinema, he tried his hand at film noir. New York magazine film critic Emily Yoshida and co-curators of our upcoming exhibition Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different LensDonald Albrecht and Sean Corcoran, examine two of his earliest works, Day of the Fight (1951, 16 min) and Killer’s Kiss (1955, 67 min), in this screening and talkback.

This program accompanies our exhibition, Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs (opens May 3, 2018). To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

About the Films: 
Day of the Fight
(Stanley Kubrick, 1951, 16 min)
In his first short documentary film, Kubrick follows Irish-American boxer Walter Cartier on April 17, 1950 as he goes through his daily ritual in preparation for a fight with Bobby James.

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955, 67 min)
In this romantic film noir, Davey Gordon (Jamie Smith), a washed up New York City boxer, falls in love with dancer Gloria Price (Irene Kane) and must embark on a dangerous mission to save her.

About the Speakers:
Donald Albrecht
is the Museum’s Curator of Architecture and Design and co-curated our upcoming exhibition, Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different Lens. He has organized numerous exhibitions at the Museum and frequently contributes essays to books about architecture and design. He has written extensively about the relationship between architecture and film.

Sean Corcoran is the Museum’s Curator of Prints and Photography and has organized several recent exhibitions including Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different Lens, as well as A City Seen: Todd Webb’s Postwar New York, Muslim in New York, In the South Bronx of America: Remembering Mel Rosenthal, and Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse.

Emily Yoshida is a film critic at New York magazine and Vulture. She was previously the entertainment editor at The Verge and a writer for Grantland. Yoshida is also a director and actor whose films include Abigail (2008) and Salad Days (2011). Most recently she wrote and directed the short film Sitting (2017). 

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

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