1 Man 365 Films 365 Days – Day 127


Ok the start of a new week and I have set myself a goal of achieving a MINIMUM of 15 films this week, no excuses! So I kicked off with…

89 / 365 – ‘The Killing’ (1956) – 85 mins
IMDb Challenge #53 / 250 – Ranked #193 – Via DVD Collection

After getting out of prison, Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) plans a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog.

Of his lesser known pieces, ‘The Killing’ was Stanley Kubrick’s third feature. The thing that impressed me most about this rich and vicious caper picture was the pacing and how remarkable Kubrick managed to pack in so much into its compact 85 minute runtime, where he jumps the story around it’s timeframe to show coinciding events from different perspectives. Not a single frame is wasted as the film builds tension towards the climatic heist, which itself is expertly masterminded by Johnny Clay.

If you’re a fan of classic film-noir, then the ‘The Killing’ is certainly one to seek out.


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