Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brian, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, John Miljan, Virgina Christine, Vince Barnett, Charles D. Brown
Jack Otterson, Martin Obzina
Bernard B. Brown
David S. Horsley
The screening will be preceded by a video introduction from Martin Scorsese
Some hitmen kill their designated victim, who puts up no resistance. Investigator Reardon uncovers the truth.
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.
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