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The Killers (1956)

Ubiytsy (original title)
Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

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(as M. Beiku), (as A. Gordon) | 1 more credit »

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(short story) (as E. Hemingway), (screenplay) (as A. Gordon) | 1 more credit »
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Two men besiege a lunch bar looking for a third man they must kill.

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All the roles were played by students of the VGIK. Moreover, props were not only brought by students from their homes, but also provided from friends and relatives. See more »

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23 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short film was a student project for a Soviet state film school, and I don't know how much exposure it would have had at the time it was made. It survives for viewing because one of the three students directors was a young Andrei Tarkovsky, and though his resources were constrained, the strength of the work is made evident through how much is done with a very basic production.

The door out of the restaurant seems to lead to a blank wall, but we nonetheless get the lonely atmosphere of a small-town American diner; the filmmakers really seem to have drank in the feel of the Hemingway they read for this adaptation. It's really a twenty-minute atmosphere piece, and it does that very well - the two murderers create a complete and stark sense of threat and menace.

In a constrained setting they made a claustrophobic and memorable film, with a real film-noir feel where we weren't necessarily expecting to find it. High marks!


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