Day of the Fight

Synopsis: Based on Kubrick's pictorial for Look Magazine (January 18, 1949) entitled "Prizefighter," "Day Of The Fight" tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, particularly the day of his bout with black middleweight Bobby James. This 16-minute short opens with a short (about 4 minutes) study of boxing's history, narrated by veteran newscaster Douglas Edwards in a no-nonsense, noir tone of voice. After this, we follow Walter (and his twin brother Vincent) through his day as he prepares for his 10:00 P.M. bout. After eating breakfast, going to early mass and eating lunch, he starts arranging his things for the fight at 4:00 P.M. By 8:00, he is waiting in his dressing room, where he undergoes a mental transformation, turning into the fighting machine the crowd clamors for. At 10:00, he faces James, and soon, he comes out victorious in a short match which was filmed live on April 17th, 1950.
16 min

come from the lack of comfidence

Its the presure of the last waiting

Here in a place where

the walls are so close

A man can barely

moves his body around

If only the fight was on

Then everything else

will not be so bad

Not really bad at all

Bobby James is the man he's

going to be fighting in one hour

Walter has never seen him before

But when the fight is over

They will know a lot about each other

Bobby has been on the ring with

many of the top middlewieghts

And has never been counted out

That's something to think about

At a time like this

It's almost as if the brothers

were going into the ring together

Time is a strange thing

When you have a little of it

And you want it to last

It scatters away in all directions and

you never know where it's gone

But in a way that's gone pretty

quickly for a couple of boys

It's only when you want

the hours to go like now

That time has a way of staring you

in the face as it barely moves along

But there isn't much of it left now

Before the main event goes on

And everything is here at last

As he gets ready to

walk out to the arena

And the three thousand

people who are there

Walter is slowly

becoming another man

This is the man who can not lose,

Who Must not lose

The hard movements

of his arms and fists

Are different from what

they were an hour ago

They belong to the fierce new person

They are part of the arena man

The Walter Cartier that the

crowd outside is going to see

In 15 minutes

A few moments are left

He can almost hear the commissioner

coming down the hall to call him

He's done it,

he has K.Oed Bobby James

This is a fighter

Walter Cartier

He has just moved up

one more place in a line

That may end with the championship

It's a hard life

But to him it's worth all

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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