The Killing

The Killing

DVD - 1956
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A group of criminals plot the perfect racetrack robbery.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 1956
ISBN: 9781604654660
9786314335441
Branch Call Number: KIL
Characteristics: 2 dvds (84 min.) : sd., b&w ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Killing (Motion picture)

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Ermaw
Nov 15, 2020

I have watch quite a few Film Noir. I have to say this is one of my favorites. Great performance by one of the best Film Noir actors Sterling Hayden. Way ahead of it’s time. It is hard for me to watch a Film Noir that is not B/W, it is about shadow and darkness and camera angles and on location filming. Some of that darkness and shadow is harder to do in color. If it is in color you lose something, it is hard to explain. If you like classic Film Noir don’t miss this one.

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greatflicks
Nov 06, 2020

May have been a good movie but I do not want to spend time on a black and white. We turned it off shortly after it started.

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Dave99_0
Jun 20, 2020

I didn't like Director Stanley Kubrick's doubling back over the killing of the horse and the fight at the racetrack bar.
Marie Windsor is great as the golddigger Sherry Peatty and so is Elisha Cook Jr. as her worm of a husband.

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tadcook
Feb 27, 2019

The Killing (1956)

Is this the perfect film noir? It might be. I don't think noir gets any better than this.

Interesting that instead of telling the story in a linear fashion, Kubrick gives an outline for the plot in the earlier scenes, then subsequently shows action going on parallel to later central scenes. The producers were unsure they could make this work, tried re-cutting to form a linear narrative, then reverted to the earlier version. It worked.

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lindy919
Jan 28, 2019

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Mediocre heist film with a stupid ending (the dog).
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611arlington
Nov 06, 2018

Tight economical storytelling, brilliant camera work, wonderful ensemble performances - this is a film far ahead of its time. A true gem from the 50's.

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Onewhoissaved
Mar 12, 2018

This movie could have another title: Gone With The Wind. I've seen it before and liked it every time. All the characters are definitely characters in their own right. No one detracts from anyone else, no ham performances. But it is a depressing picture where no one wins anything. In fact, just about everyone looses their life before it is all said and done. Stanley Kubrick was to say the least an iconoclastic film director.

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LittleNoName
Mar 28, 2016

Subtitles are large, white with no background
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"The Killing" ~
Enjoyed the unique style of narration, to the point. Didn't know this was done by Stanley Kubric but once I saw his name I knew I had to give it a chance & very glad I did. Love Kubric's sense of irony.

AladarNyc Dec 31, 2014

Very good, but I wish it was longer. It pulled me in, and suddenly it was over. (What 2nd. DVD?).

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d1967
Nov 12, 2014

Fantastic !

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aaa5756 Apr 19, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Apr 16, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: Johnny Clay: "...Suppose, by accident, you do get picked up. What've you done? You shot a horse! It isn't first degree murder; in fact, it isn't even murder; in fact, I don't know what it is. But the chances are, the best that they could get you on would be... uh, inciting a riot, or shooting horses out of season, or something like that." Nikki Arcane: "The way you put it, Doc, you make it sound real simple, you know Pops?"

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: Maurice (to Johnny Clay): "...You have my sympathies, then. You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else -- the perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

The Killing: (Trying to escape from the airport) Fay: "Johnny, you've got to run!" Johnny Clay: "Eh... what's the difference?"

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Killer's Kiss: Gloria Price: "Can't you get it, Vinny? To me you're just an old man. You smell bad."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Killer's Kiss: Vincent Rapallo: "Like the man said, "Can happiness buy money?" "

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