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The Killers

Venice Classics

Director:
Robert Siodmak
Production:
Universal Pictures
Running Time:
102’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Year:
1946
Main Cast:
Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brian, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, John Miljan, Virgina Christine, Vince Barnett, Charles D. Brown
Screenplay:
Anthony Veiller
Cinematographer:
Elwood Bredell
Editor:
Arthur Hilton
Production Designer:
Jack Otterson, Martin Obzina
Costume Designer:
Vera West
Music:
Miklos Rozsa
Sound:
Bernard B. Brown
Special Effects:
David S. Horsley
Restoration:
Universal Pictures
Notes:
The screening will be preceded by a video introduction from Martin Scorsese

Synopsis

Some hitmen kill their designated victim, who puts up no resistance. Investigator Reardon uncovers the truth.

Director’s Statement

I always preferred purely fictional gangster films to the documentary-style one [...]. The times when the crime movie started with banner headlines and police cars speeding down main streets with sirens blaring are over. They are a gift from cinema to television! These “headline pictures,” as they were called, portrayed types, not characters. What I find more interesting than anything else, though, are characters. The first gangster film I made in Hollywood was called The Killers. Here the criminals were not just an anonymous mob. Each man was an individual, an independent and separate being. For a director, I think the best way to tackle this genre of film is to let the audience work out its secret. Not in such a way that they have to ask themselves who did it, but to get them to follow the story from the viewpoint of a character.

Robert Siodmak in Films and Filming, vol. V, no. 9, 1959. The passage has been translated from the Italian version.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Universal Pictures
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91608, Universal City - United States
Tel. +1 818 7774727
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PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Universal Pictures

WORLD SALES: David Bristow, Executive Director - United International Pictures, Bldg. 5, Chiswick Park,
566, Chiswick High Road, London, W4 5Y5
Tel. +44 (0) 203 184 2536
david_bristow@uip.com

PRESS OFFICE: Aaron Rogers, Senior Director Sales and Marketing,
NBCUniversal, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 4250, Universal City, CA 91608
Tel: 818-777-2352
aaron.rogers@nbcuni.com


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