The Killing: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
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Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove), Coleen Gray (Red River), Timothy Carey (Paths of Glory), and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon), The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• New video interview with producer James B. Harris
• Excerpts of interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
• New video interview with film scholar Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson and his work on The Killing
• Restored transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
• New video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss with film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
• Theatrical trailers
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with Marie Windsor on The Killing
Le troisième film de Kubrick prouve toute l'originalité du cinéaste. L'Ultime Razzia est l'histoire d'un hold-up sur un champ de courses, ce qui en soit n'a rien d'original. Mais la construction élaborée par Kubrick détaille successivement la journée de chacun des protagonistes jusqu'à leur intervention dans le hold-up. Combinant un montage alterné avec une narration linéaire en voix off, Kubrick construit un puzzle complexe qui s'organise et se désorganise à mesure que le film avance, révélant les enjeux personnels de chacun des participants. Malgré une photographie noir et blanc léchée, une femme fatale et un sombre Sterling Hayden en personnage central, L'Ultime Razzia rompt avec la forme classique du film noir et dévoile le style novateur de Kubrick. --Christophe Gagnot --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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All of the elements are here: Little guys who never got an even break, a Delilah-like wife of a simpleton, who won't settle for small-time life, a happily married older guy with a wife in need of expensive medical care, a guy just released from prison, who doesn't ever want to go back, and the rest of the usual suspects. Several scenes are quite moving; several times character's are shown saying their goodbyes to loved ones, as though they don't expect to ever see them again, when they are only supposed to "go to work". Watch for another scene in the final third of the film involving a horse-shoe. It makes a powerful statement of conventions in 1950s America.
Very few films have a truly memorable "last line". This is one of them! Of course, I won't give it away, as it requires an elaborate set-up, but you'll agree that it's one of the best last lines ever! As for "The Killing" as a nostalgic Crime Drama and exemplary film noire, I confidently give it 5 stars!*****
Memorable scenes between Elisha Cook and Marie Windsor set the stage of events.
Sterling Hayden simply doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Under the production staff of:
Stanley Kubrick [Director/Screenplay]
Jim Thompson [dialogue]
Lionel White [novel "Clean Break"]
James B. Harris [Producer]
Alexander Singer [Associate Producer]
Gerald Fried [Original Music]
Lucien Ballard [Cinematographer]
Betty Steinberg [Film Editor]
Ruth Sobotka [Art Director]
Harry Reif [Set Decoration]
1. Stanley Kubrick [Director]
Date of Birth: 26 July 1928 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 7 March 1999 - Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, UK
2. Sterling Hayden [aka: Sterling Relyea Walter]
Date of Birth: 26 March 1916- Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Death: 23 May 1986 - Sausalito, California
the cast includes:
Sterling Hayden - Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray - Fay
Vince Edwards - Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen - Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia - Policeman Randy Kennan
Marie Windsor - Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook Jr.Read more ›
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Qui dit mieux? Un chef-d'oeuvre à ce prix. On saute sur l'occasion.Un bel exemple de la force du cinéma alternatif américain.Published on Nov. 6 2012 by Luigi
Excellent early Kubrick masterpiece!
Sterling Hayden is his usual wonderfully steady character; Marie Windsor is both sexy and despicable; and all other actors do an... Read more
The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
For many years, I have been fond of saying that the only Kubrick film I could stomach was Lolita. Read more
The one great thing this film has going for it is director Stanley Kubrick. I've taken into account that this is a 1956 film about hoods and a heist at the race track involving a... Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by D. Knouse
I knew this had a good reputation; it's frequently mentioned in books about cinema in general, and film noir in particular. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by kevnm