Excerpt: THE KILLING (1956) Despite "The Killing" having a cast of character actors/actresses and no major movie stars, this is a top-tier film-noir. The acting and directing (Kubrick) is wonderful. The movie moves at a brisk pace and is consistently entertaining wire-to-wire.
Excerpt: Stanley Kubrick's 1956 film noir, The Killing, may not be my favorite example of the genre, but it is still an uncanny masterpiece that benefits from unconventional storytelling choices and claustrophobic camerawork.
Excerpt: One of Stanley Kubrick's earlier works, The Killing goes about as far as a Kubrick day-dream may go. The elements are there, but it's not as great at the end. Let's just say it wasn't what I expected from the master.
Excerpt: One of the influential and best film noir heist films ever produced. Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) creates a team consisting of a corrupt cop Randy (Ted de Corsia), betting window teller (Elisha Cook Jr.
Excerpt: This film just goes to show why Kubrick is one of the most influential film directors ever. I haven't seen a great deal of films from this era, but I'd imagine that the arrangement of the storyboard was groundbreaking. The camera angles are Kubrick signature.
Kubrick's first masterpiece gets the full treatment from Criterion
30 May 2012
Excerpt: The Killing represents the crime movie at its most raw, efficient and pure. It's simply a first-rate film held up by a tight script and wonderful performances. The film looks incredible and sounds equally great. (No, I still have no idea what Kola is saying.
Summary: A meticulously crafted and very influential caper film. It stays wound tight, even when the story has things becoming unwound and the characters are well defined in their roles with the heist. The ending carries a great irony that I liked. One of Kubrick's most satisfying films.
Excerpt: Fresh out of prison, a career criminal cooks up an ingenious scheme to rob a racetrack. The Killing is an early film from Stanley Kubrick and yet another masterclass. He takes to the visual trappings of Film Noir and creates one of the most efficiently told and tautly directed heist films ever made.