Tag Archives: The Killing

Ten Things I Remember

Truffaut’s pose in silhouette

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1977)

 Bubbles in champagne

"Broken Flowers" (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2005)

Hoops and a shadow

"The Stranger" (dir. Orson Welles, 1946)

Amateur gunslinging

"Shoot the Piano Player" (dir. Francois Truffaut, 1960)

Lights in the dark

"Field of Dreams" (dir. Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)

Money in the wind

"The Killing" (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1956)

Overwrought metaphors

"The Virgin Spring" (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1960)

Setsuko Hara

"Tokyo Story" (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

Comforting angsty bourgeoisie

"L'Avventura" (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

A relaxed pose

"Sans Soleil" (dir. Chris Marker, 1983)


Early Kubrick Kills

title: The Killing
director: Stanley Kubrick
cast: Sterling Hayden, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor
one sentence or less: In his second feature, Stanley Kubrick shows glimmers of his bright future as one of film’s greatest directors.

Stanley Kubrick stepped on the set of “The Killing” at the ripe old age of 28 with a single feature and several shorts under his belt. Armed with a B-Feature budget(approximately $320,000), a cast of aging film noir stars, and little studio support (United Artists relegated the finished film to the second half of a double feature), Kubrick spun Lionel White’s short novel “Clean Break” into a classic caper film. It might not be able to stand amongst the best of Kubrick’s films, but it is an entertaining little heist film with equal bits suspense and humor that showcases an emerging talent in director Kubrick.

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