Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Saturday, March 30th at 8:00pm, introduced by punk music icon Richard Hell. In conjunction with Bob Dylan Center. DCP restoration print.

In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, directed by Robert Aldrich (Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?), the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterwork as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.

Richard Hell’s 1977 album Blank Generation remains one of the defining statements of the American punk rock movement. His books include two novels, Go Now and Godlike; a collaboration with Christopher Wool, Psychopts; his autobiography, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, and the 2015 essay collection Massive Pissed Love.