Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 28, 2012

4:00 PM

(USA/1956—directed by Stanley Kubrick)

Stanley Kubrick’s taut, crackerjack crime thriller – made when the director was just 28 – remains one of his most skillful and deliriously entertaining films. Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove's Jack D. Ripper) is the mastermind behind a group of ex-cons who engineer a daring daylight racetrack heist, but quicker than you can say “greedy blonde,” the perfect crime turns out to be anything but. Co-written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson, The Killing bursts at the seams with a cast of wonderful character actors, including Ted de Corsia, Jay C. Flippen, the you-have-to-see-him-to-believe-him Timothy Carey, Vince Edwards (who went on briefly to superstardom as TV’s Ben Casey), Elisha Cook Jr. as the mousy, cuckolded track cashier and the amazing Marie Windsor as his frustrated, two-timing wife. The Killling is so tightly wound that repeated viewings never disappoint – this is classic noir at its most exhilarating, and just plain fun. (85 min.)

“Shrewd, fast and edgy… the real beginning of Kubrick’s career.” –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door. 
Saturday, April 28 at 4:00 PM