Kiss of Death
- Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Henry Hathaway’s iconic film noir pulls no punches as it chronicles a showdown between reformed ex-convict Nick Bianco, trying to start anew, and ruthless gangster Tommy Udo, a man willing to go to any length to make sure the debt from Bianco’s former life is paid. Bianco is played memorably by the inimitable Victor Mature, but it’s Richard Widmark’s Oscar-nominated debut role as the villainous Udo that makes Kiss of Death an essential noir. Udo is a gangster intent on instilling fear into anyone he encounters and bringing chaos wherever he travels. With his unnerving cackle and his capacity for a type of inhumanity rarely seen in the Hays Code era, Udo remains one of classical Hollywood’s great antagonists. (35mm)