Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director. Now, you can download the movie that started it all: his seldom-seen 1951 debut “Day of the Fight.”
Shot by the 21-year-old filmmaker in 1950, the 16-minute documentary traces a day in the life of boxer Walter Cartier, culminating in his fight with Bobby James. It explores how Cartier psyches himself into readiness for violent behavior. Obviously, this theme resonates throughout Kubrick’s career, from Spartacus to Dr. Strangelove to Clockwork Orange to Full Metal Jacket.
This movie is more like a foreboding than a masterpiece, but it is 100% Kubrick. Check it out. (Courtesy of Jamie at The Mutiny Company.)