The Killing (1956)

Rated PG. Tough movie, but not tough language

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You know we’re talking about a master filmmaker when this channel has already covered more than half of the man’s titles and we’re only now getting to this gritty crime classic. The Killing was early in Stanley Kubrick’s career, so he wasn’t yet at the top of his game as he would be for the next 40+ years. Still, there’s plenty of examples of the technical prowess that would come to be trademark Kubrick. Fittingly, the complex plot even resembles a chess game. We weren’t seeing eye to eye about the work of tough-but-sometimes-sweet Sterling Hayden or the ultra-fatal femme fatale Marie Windsor. We did see eye to eye that the best part of the movie is the last half-hour. So get your listening device ready and make a clean break out to the race track as the 405th Ellises’ Analysis talks about The Killing.

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Links to: Reservoir Dogs and Kubrick’s Wikipedia page

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: A Fish Called Wanda

August 30th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Persona