Tag Archives: Frank Silvera

Stanley Kubrick – Killer’s Kiss (1955)

Prize-fighter Davy Gordon intervenes when private dancer Gloria Price is being attacked by her employer and lover Vincent Raphello. This brings the two together and they get involved with each other, which displeases Raphello. He sends men out to kill Davy, but they instead kill his friend. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davy to save her. Read More »

Jules Dassin – Up Tight! (1968)

Proto-blaxploitation from great master Jules Dassin

Jules Dassin wanted to remake the 1935 film “The Informer” with an all-black cast, set in inner-city America. The original story was based on the Irish rebellion against the English. Dassin felt it mirrored black-white relations in the 1960s.

In 1968, an all-black cast led by director Jules Dassin made Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood the backdrop for “Up Tight,” a drama about black revolution. The film, starring native Clevelander Ruby Dee, had its Cleveland premiere at the old Hippodrome Theatre. Read More »

Stanley Kubrick – Fear and Desire (1953)

A ficticious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They’ll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory. Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill. Read More »