Kubricks best film. The camerawork is beautiful, and the new criterion blu ray shows it off in all its glory. The ensemble cast is a veritable whos who of elite Hollywood character actors of the time, with Hayden shining in the lead role. I admittedly despise most Kubrick films, this, Spartacus, and Dr. Strangelove are exceptions. Essential noir
An expert noir that is just as intriguing for its behind-the-scenes shenanigans. The clash of egos between a 26 year old Kubrick and a reputed cinematographer (Lucien Ballard) is a clear sign that Kubrick's meticulous attitude to the aesthetic would lead him on beyond previous greats. That dolly shot is ground-breaking. Glad that Kubrick 25mm lens beat off Ballard's request for a 50mm one further back.
Very cool heist movie with a stylish, noir vibe. Its got this great, fun structure that gradually puts all these puzzle pieces of the caper together until, at the climax, you can finally see the full picture. Unfortunately, I found that "full picture" a bit unsatisfying after all the tense build up. Still worth the ride though. I give it a solid B.