The Killing (1956)
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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick's first major film effort -- though, like Kubrick's earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with Fay (Colleen Gray). Teaming with several cohorts, Johnny masterminds a racetrack robbery. The basic flaw is that all the crooks involved are losers and
Jan 1, 1956 Wide
Aug 15, 2001
United Artists - Official Site
Elisha Cook Jr.
Jay C. Flippen
Ted de Corsia
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[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.
Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.
One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways.
Underneath The Killing's clockwork violence is a pungent layer of irony, something Kubrick would further explore many times later in his career.
A brisk, satisfying film noir that features all the details of a racetrack heist gone wrong - even if the timeline is all shuffled out of order. It's thick with atmosphere and razor-sharp dialogue.
Despite this only being his third feature and his first with a significant budget, Kubrick displays many of the thematic preoccupations and visual traits that would come to define his unique, cinematic voice.
May be the greatest of American heist films because it bursts the genre to the point of existentialism.
Kubrick made grander and greater films, but this is among his most dramatic.
Even though he was just staring out, Kubrick instantly mastered the crime genre. A stunning film.
Stanley Kubrick's third film established him as a full-fledged filmmaker and a potential master.
Kubrick's breakthrough film is one of his very best, a classic film noir that has influenced many directors (including Tarantino) in narrative structure, visual style, and tone.
Com uma estrutura narrativa avançada para sua época, este longa é mais uma prova (desnecessária, claro) de que Kubrick sempre foi um Mestre em sua arte.
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- Sherry Peatty: You've never been a liar, George. You don't have enough imagination to lie.
- George Peatty: None of these men are criminals in the usual sense. They've all got jobs, they all live seemingly normal, decent lives, but they got their problems and they've all got a little larceny in 'em.
- Johnny Clay: You know, Fay, the mistake I made before was shooting for peanuts. Five years have taught me one thing, if nothing else. If you take a chance, be sure the reward's worth the risk. They can put you away just as fast for a ten-dollar heist as for a million.
- George Peatty: I gotta go out. I don't suppose there's anything for dinner?
- Sherry Peatty: Of course there is. There are all sorts of things. Well, steak and asparagus and potatoes
- George Peatty: I don't smell nothin'
- Sherry Peatty: That figures. You're too far away from it.
- George Peatty: Too far away?
- Sherry Peatty: Certainly. You don't think I had it cooked, do you? It's down the shopping centre
- Johnny Clay: You'll be loaded with a capital L.
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