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Two "Killers," Four Killers

October 4 - 10

With its hardboiled dialogue, vividly sketched characters, and swift escalation of tension, Ernest Hemingway's 1927 short story "The Killers," about two hit men who barge into a small-town diner to wait for their victim, seems tailor-made for the screen. The main problem is that it's too short for a feature film. Two classic film noirs addressed that problem by using a flashback structure to open up the backstory behind the hit. The contrasts between them provide a text-book example of how differences in tone, point of view, and era can produce two very different films despite general similarities in plot. Both films are presented in new 4K digital restorations. (MR)


New 4K restoration!

The Killers (1946)

1946, Robert Siodmak, USA, 103 min.
With Edmond O’Brien, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner


  • Fri, Oct 4th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 6th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 10th 6:00pm

New 4K restoration!

The Killers (1964)

1964, Don Siegel, USA, 93 min.
With Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson


  • Fri, Oct 4th 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 6th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 7th 6:00pm