The Killers (UK-import) (BLU-RAY)

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Ernest Hemingway s spare, laconic short story about two professional killers and their encounter with a mysteriously unresisting victim was significantly expanded into this all-time film noir classic, which Hemingway said was the first adaptation of his work that he really admired.

As washed-up boxer turned hitman victim Ole Swede Andreson, Burt Lancaster made his screen debut, and was catapulted to instant stardom, not least for the screen chemistry that he showed opposite sultry Ava Gardner, whose Kitty Collins is the very personification of the femme fatale.

German émigré Robert Siodmak was one of the filmmakers who helped create film noir, and Elwood Bredell s high-contrast cinematography, all harsh lighting and long shadows, elevates the film far above a conventional crime drama. But even on that level it s a first-rate demonstration of how to maintain narrative tension, with the flashback structure withholding crucial details until almost the very end.

Bonusmateriale

  • Isolated Music & Effects soundtrack to highlight Miklós Rózsa s famous score
  • Frank Krutnik on The Killers, a video piece by the author of In a Lonely Street, which introduces the film and offers a detailed commentary on four key scenes
  • Heroic Fatalism, a video essay adapted from Philip Booth s comparative study of multiple versions of The Killers (Hemingway, Siodmak, Tarkovsky, Siegel)
  • Three archive radio pieces inspired by The Killers: the 1949 Screen Director s Playhouse adaptation with Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters; a 1946 Jack Benny spoof; the 1958 Suspense episode Two for the Road which reunited original killers William Conrad
  • Stills and posters gallery
  • Collector s booklet containing new writing by Sergio Angelini and archive interviews with director Robert Siodmak, producer Mark Hellinger and cinematographer Woody Bredell, illustrated with original production stills

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1946 Utgitt 2014
Format BLU-RAY Sone Sone B - Import
Sjanger Thriller Antall disker 1
Spilletid 1 timer 43 minutter Aldersgrense 11
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater PCM 1.0 (Engelsk)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Regissør Robert Siodmak
Skuespillere Ava GArdner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien Bestillingsnummer FCD1024
Serie Arrow Films

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