Before They Were Stars: Stanley Kubrick Directs “Day of the Fight”

Today is the birthday of the late, great Stanley Kubrick and since I always love to post short films that famous directors made early on in their careers, I shall showcase the first directorial effort from Mr. Kubrick. You might expect a short film from Stanley Kubrick to be artsy or experimental, but believe it or not, his early work is as standard as you can get. Kubrick broke into the business by directing documentary shorts for the March of Time newsreel series, which would be screened in theaters before feature films. His debut effort was entitled Day of the Fight, showcasing a typical day in the life of an amateur boxer. While not much is distinctly Kubrickian about this short, you do see him employ a reverse tracking shot at one point, which would become one of his directorial signatures.

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