Day of the Fight
Day of the Fight is a 1951 American short subject documentary film financed and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Shot in black-and-white, the film is based

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1951 film by Stanley Kubrick Day of the Fighttitle cardDirected byStanley KubrickProduced byStanley Kubrick
Jay Bonafield (uncredited)Written byRobert Rein
Stanley KubrickStarringWalter Cartier
Vincent CartierNarrated byDouglas EdwardsMusic byGerald FriedCinematographyStanley Kubrick
Alexander SingerEdited byJulian Bergman
Stanley Kubrick (uncredited)Distributed byRKO Radio PicturesRelease date Running time12 minutesCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget$3,900

Day of the Fight is a 1951 American short subject documentary film financed and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Shot in black-and-white, the film is based on an earlier photo feature he shot for Look magazine in 1949.[1][2]

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Day of the Fight shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on April 17, 1950, the day of a fight with middleweight Bobby James.

The film opens with a short section on boxing's history and then follows Cartier through his day as he prepares for the 10 P.M. bout. Cartier eats breakfast in his West 12th Street apartment in Greenwich Village, goes to early mass, and eats lunch at his favorite restaurant. At 4 P.M., he starts preparations for the fight. By 8 P.M., he is waiting in his dressing room at Laurel Gardens in Newark, New Jersey, for the fight to begin.

We then see the fight itself, which he wins in a short match.[3][4][5]

Cast Cast notes A shot from Day of the Fight (1951) Production

Kubrick and Alexander Singer used daylight-loading Eyemo cameras that take 100-foot spools of 35mm black-and-white film to shoot the fight, with Kubrick shooting hand-held (often from below) and Singer's camera on a tripod. The 100-foot reels required constant reloading, and Kubrick did not catch the knock-out punch which ended the bout because he was reloading. Singer did, however.[5]

Day of the Fight is the first credit on composer Gerald Fried's resume. Kubrick did not pay him for his work on the film. "He thought the very fact that my doing the music" for the film "got me into the profession was enough payment", Fried told The Guardian in 2018 conceding that Kubrick's point was accurate. Fried, a childhood friend of Kubrick, later wrote the score for the director's Paths of Glory (1957) and three other films [9]

Although the original planned buyer of the picture went out of business, Kubrick was able to sell Day of the Fight to RKO Pictures for $4,000, making a small benefit of $100 above the $3,900 cost of making the film.[10]

According to Jeremy Bernstein,[11] the film lost $100, as documented in a November 1965 interview[12] with Kubrick.

Day of the Fight was released as part of RKO-Pathé's "This Is America" series and premiered on 26 April 1951 at New York's Paramount Theater, on the same program as the film My Forbidden Past. Frank Sinatra headlined the live stage show that day.[13]

  1. ^ "Prizefighter", Look (January 18, 1949)
  2. ^ Niemi, Robert (2006), "Day of the Fight (1951)", History in the Media: Film and Television, ABC-Clio, p. cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ Marc-David Jacobs IMDB Plot Summary
  4. ^ IMDB Filming Locations
  5. ^ a b Jeff Stafford "The Day of the Fight" (TCM article)
  6. ^ IMDB Walter Cartier
  7. ^ IMDB Alexander Singer
  8. ^ IMDB Douglas Edwards (I)
  9. ^ Alberge, Dalya (October 20, 2018). "Stanley Kubrick never paid for my early work as a composer, childhood friend reveals". The Guardian. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Joseph Gelmis "An Interview With Stanley Kubrick (1969), excerpted from The Film Director as Superstar New York: Doubleday, 1970.
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  13. ^ IMDB Trivia
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