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

This is the story of

a fight and of a fighter

Walter Cartier

Today is the fight

Tonight at ten o'clock will

be one of the moments

Which justify his difficult blood

At six o'clock on the

morning of the fight

Begins the taughest

part of being a boxer

The waiting

Walter is on the right of

Vincent his identical twin

He soesn't mind the hard training

The four miles of road work everyday,

as much as the waiting

Walter knows that each bout is

more important than the one before

Because he is rapidly climbing the

middleweight championship of the world

And he must keep winning

It's a long way until night

Walter wearing the bow tie is 24

He's a native of New York

And a fighter as far back

as he can remember

His father is away

And when he was a little

boy he lost his mother

Walter began to do exibition

boxing with his brother Vincent

when they were 3 years old

During the war they fought

exibitions in the navy

Where they were in the

same outfit together

Now through the quite

morning streets of New York

The two boys walk to morning mass

It's important for Walter

to get Holy Communion

In case something

should go wrong tonight

At Walter's three room apartment

where he lives with his aunt

Vincent is serving him breakfast

He's a lawer and Walter's manager

Vinc lives in New Jersey

But in the slow hours before the

fight he's staying with his brother

Now they live as they

used to years ago

The two boys

And Walter's dog

At noon Walter gets a complete

examination from the commission doctor

If he's not in perfect condition

the doctor can call off the fight

but this doesn't trouble walter

What bothers him is

the whole days waiting

Of which this is a part

Sometimes he thinks of

the man who don't pass

And he knows that he must

And he does

Meat is vital to Walter

It gives him the raw energy

he needed for fighting

Dan Stampler owns the resturant

Where Walter comes

to eat every day

Often sitting proudly

like this with the boy

He thinks will be the champion

This is Walter's second and

final meal before the match

Walter has a knock out

punch in either hand

And he's one of the host hitting

middlewieghts in the ring

He moves around his apponent

Jabbing, shifting, looking for an oppening

Then finishing the fight

with one exploding punch

He's won almost half of his

Now at four o'clock,

It would be six hours

Until he enters the ring

to try for his thirty six

No one ever told

Walter to be a fighter

His family was against it

But he just had the feeling for it

On this day the people around him

Feel the pain and fear

But for Walter the bad part is

the waiting for the thing that happen

Soon it's coming

He'll be glad when it's finally here

His boxing gear has been carfully

laid off for the ride to the arena

And he's ready to be packed

The time draws near and

Walter prepares to go

Above everything else in the world

Walter Cartier wants to be champion

Unlike a lot of people he's got

something to move towards

All the time

And that thing is the championship

Nothing is going to

keep him back from it

He goes ahead and he never stops

The fight Walter's riding to now

In a friends car, may bring him

nearer to the middleweight crown

When it's over, there will be

another one coming along

And another one after that

Always it's fighting and

training and fighting again

But always there's the goal

At 8 o'clock in the

small hot dressing room

Behind the arena

Walter moves in to the last

two hours of preparation

In these hours he can

feel his body tightening

But it's tightness that does not

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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