COMM 452 Kiss Me Deadly Presentation.

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Kiss Me Dead Presentation Societal Fears of the 1950s Kiss Me Deadly , a film created at the end of the noir cycle, embodies a majority of the “[a]nalogous themes, we have seen to date, such as a general cultural alienation, individual isolation, and the destructive workings of desire” (Telotte 212). While all these thematics are easily decipherable within the film, they are overshadowed by the looming danger of nuclear annihilation/a human induced apocalypse. The noir genre is associated with a male paranoid fantasy of a world that has become unbalanced and unrecognizable from the pre-WWII society. This new world involves changing roles of the family, women, culture, and new threats within society. While almost all the films we have seen to date deal with these themes, Kiss Me Deadly , is particularly notable for depicting the fifties “hotbed of political paranoia, fear of atomic annihilation, anti-communist hysteria and Eisenhowerian complacency” (Flinn 115). While it was common during this time period for other genres, especially science fiction and horror, to use allegorical messages of aliens or invaders to depict the threat of communists from within, as in Invasion of the Body Snatchers , or to talk directly about the fear of nuclear annihilation as in Dr. Strangelove , Kiss Me Deadly is unique as a noir for presenting the cultural fears of the 1950s through such a blatantly pessimistic examination of both 1950s culture, and of what mankind has come to. Societal Fears of the 1950s present in Kiss Me Deadly Arguably the biggest - Fear of atomic annihilation. Fear present within among pretty much everyone in the world. People now had the power of the gods to essentially destroy huge populations of people at a time…” In the series of apocalyptic explosions that end this film we see reflected not only our culture’s anxieties about the bomb and a nuclear holocaust fears that surfaced increasingly in films of the 1950s, but also the image of a world that seems bent on destruction, thanks to its citizens’ grasping, even violent, preoccupation with the self. (Telotte 198).
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