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Ubiytsy (The Killers) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 1, 2014
Andrei Tarkovsky's Student film is a brilliant representation of what would define his later work. Here you can clearly see an eye for detail in the way he makes a film, and already he knew how to craft something quite interesting and engaging. While using an Ernest Hemingway story as his plot, Tarkovsky was able to create something truly worth seeing, and even if it's a student film, it is well worth seeing because there are hints of what would define his work when he would in feature films later in the 60's. Brilliantly shot and acted, the film runs at twenty minutes and he manages to captivate you with an effective story that is quite interesting and entertaining for its short run time. Of course, he would make better films, but this is a student film, and in that regard he made a terrific short, one that is very well directed and acted. If you enjoy Tarkovsky's work, and want to watch his directorial outing, thus being The Killer, his very first short, then by all means watch it. It's very well worth it and it's a film that really showcases Andrei Tarkovsky's talents perfectly, and you can only imagine how great he would become in later year, where his films would be redefined almost as art in a way because he always had a strong visual style to his work that really stood out among the cinematic medium. This is a very good short and this is his student film, which is a fine glimpse into what was to come from Andrei Tarkovsky.
½ August 22, 2013
Short films are normally underrated but from what I have seen recently and I can be frank to you,a few them are overacted and terrible.For Ubiytsy(The Killer),it's one of the best i have seen so far.

It's hard to believe this is filmed by students.Can't expect something more since everyone is the beginner and yet they can manage to archive a better result than some Directors or Actors that hang with a big name.The three adolescent directors-Marika Beiku, Andrei Tarkovsky and Aleksandr Gordon understand how to handle their scenes in a right direction and the actors can give some natural acts.A reasonable high reputation from the class.

You can watch this at youtube(I actually watched in original language without English subs,so I didn't understand what they are speaking,due to too busy with the cinematography,ha!).
½ June 16, 2013
It is good if you want to see a visual translation of the short story
February 21, 2013
A really good 19 minute student film from Andrei Tarkovsky, it was his first film -- although he only co-directed 2 of the 3 scenes (the first and last), the other was done by a fellow student. Based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, which is a brilliant choice of material for any first time director, and it's pretty well acted (Tarkovsky himself makes a brief appearance). Some directors don't even have full-length features that are as good/interesting as this (yes I am speaking to you Michael Bay). The ambiguity intrigued me the most -- what could this guy have done to give up on himself to these murderous gangsters? Dunno, but that's what makes it so cool; you get to contemplate afterwards about the possible reasons. Worth watching.
February 12, 2013
What a precocious talent Tarkovsky was.
September 17, 2012
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Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2011
Well-made short film co-directed by Andrei Tarkovsky as a student. Based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name. The actors are not that bad, the script is well-written, and the best thing is that there is no violence. Despite being an early effort in which he was probably still learning a lot, Tarkovsky makes the short 19 minutes enjoyable. Not at all bad, the only criticism would be that it does not experiment very much and is very conventional, but that is what the script probably called for.
May 30, 2011
Para ser un ejercicio escolar está bastante bien hecho. No imagino cómo fue dirigir entre tres sí con uno sólo se hace un caos. Mantiene constantemente la tensión sobre el personaje que esperan y quizás develarlo al final nos plantea, de nuevo, cuestionamientos sobre por qu (C) quieren matarlo. Al final no nos dicen pero parece ser que es algo que se repetirá hasta que suceda lo que tenga que suceder. Me agradó cómo manejaron la cámara desde diferentes puntos de vista, incluso del del hombre amarrado. Genera una atmósfera más conciliadora. Bien.
March 27, 2011
A skeleton adaptation of the Hemingway story. Deftly melds the story with the Siodmak movie into the most assured student film I have seen. A definite precursor to Tarkovsky's greatness.
½ July 29, 2010
A solid, noir-ish short film, based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, from young Andrei Tarkovsky and his film school mates. Not a profound film or quite as sublime as his later work, but the tension is tangible and one can already sense the inexplicable piety with which Andrei seemed to handle all his creations.
February 22, 2010
the first Russian movie i have ever watched ;)
it's so simple .. so easy
nice chance to see the first work of tarkovsky ;)
January 20, 2010
Signs of later genius.
September 27, 2009
Camera placement and use of mirrors demonstrate Tarkovsky's genius even in this co-directed film school short. Actors in profile or facing away, focus on the small details of the room, and fast cutting between small gestures and expressions are equally interesting.
May 9, 2009
When compared to Tarkovsky's others it really isn't good. Outside that comparison though it is amazing, even more so considering it was a student film. Tarkovsky directed the first and last scenes.
February 8, 2009
there are a bunch of short films in this. andri tarkovsky is definitly the best and only one worth seeing.
Super Reviewer
April 4, 2008
The best shot student film I've ever seen.

Available on the Killers Criterion boxset
January 18, 2008
Andrei Tarkovsky's first try. Very true indeed.
½ October 26, 2007
Tarkovsky's dissertation film is nothing like his later work and it would have been interesting to see Tarkovsky do a noir in his later years. It is basically the opening sequence from the '46 version, only without the snappy dialogue and production values and with a heavier focus on the morality of murder.
½ September 2, 2007
Tarkovsky mostra grande potencial em seu primeiro curta. As cenas no restaurante foram dirigidas por ele, e as cenas no quarto de Ole foram dirigidas por outro diretor. D pra ver claramente a diferena entre as cenas e as atuaes, nas cenas de Tarkovsky o posicionamento da cmera se mostra muito mais inventivo, e os atores mais amargos.
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