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THE KILLING

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$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

DIRECTED BY STANLEY KUBRICK

NEW RESTORATION

(1956) As Art Gilmore narrates, giving often-needed time and place, back-from-the-pen Sterling Hayden puts together a team for a race track robbery, though letting each know only his own role: crooked cop Ted de Corsia (The Naked City), betting window teller Elisha Cook Jr. — with no-good Marie Windsor as his wife — actual chess-playing wrestler Kola Kwariani, track bartender Joe Sawyer, and wacko, scenery-devouring sniper Timothy Carey. And then 27-year-old Kubrick eschews classical intercutting and instead scrambles the chronology, re-winding to the start each time a different team member’s particular role begins... with a final, bitterly ironic twist. Screenplay by Kubrick and pulp titan Jim Thompson, from Lionel White’s novel Clean Break. Approx.  85 min. DCP

A PARK CIRCUS RELEASE OF AN MGM FILM

THE KILLING

REVIEWS

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“ARGUABLY KUBRICK’S MOST PERFECTLY CONCEIVED AND EXECUTED FILM!”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Far more satisfying than most of Kubrick’s later work... What is remarkable about the movie, besides the excellent performances of an archetypal noir cast and Lucien Ballard’s steely photography, is the time structure, employing a complex series of flashbacks both to introduce and explain characters and to create a synchronous view of simultaneous events.”
– Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)

“With its jagged time structure and doubling back over past events, like a proto — and pulp — Last Year at Marienbad... Also predicts the important bridge Kubrick would define between the studio genre picture and the European art film.”
– Haden Guest

"Every split second counts at the racetrack, where fortunes are won and lost in as much time and the smallest decisions carry a built-in intensity few other locations can claim. The Killing, a blisteringly taut decimation of post-WWII entitlement, understands this better than any other crime film. Stanley Kubrick's 84-minute jigsaw puzzle transports the dancing moral contortions of film noir to the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the track, infusing them together with dread-inducing temporal uncertainty."
– Glenn Heath Jr., Slant

“FAST & INCISIVE… with a nervous edgy style. THIS is the real beginning of Kubrick’s career.”
– Pauline Kael

"REALLY PUT KUBRICK ON THE MAP!"
– Leonard Maltin