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WHEN EUROPE MADE HOLLYWOOD: THE KILLERS

Robert Siodmak

Adapted from a Hemingway short story, The Killers is essential post-war existential cinema where our doomed hero (Burt Lancaster in his screen debut, starring alongside Ava Gardner) awaits his inevitable violent death. Like Billy Wilder, with whom he collaborated in 1920s Berlin, director Robert Siodmak was born into a Jewish family and fled Germany with the rise of Nazism, following a public attack by the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels of his 1933 film Brennendes Geheimnis. He worked in Paris for six years before making his way to America and Hollywood. Once there, he established a reputation for making economical sharp B features with a distinctive Expressionist style, which would inform and influence the evolving noir mood of American cinema.

Screening as part of our When Europe Made Hollywood season, August 10th to 22nd.

105 mins, USA, 1946, Digital, Black & White

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