Netflix Instant Pick: ‘The Killing’

The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
85 mins.

By Tim Lucia

 Available on Netflix Instant Watch, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” is a must-see for any fan of film noir, crime drama, or classic film in general.  Centering around an elaborate racetrack heist, the film stars Sterling Hayden, best known as the corrupt cop who is killed by Al Pacino in The Godfather.  Hayden plays Johnny Clay, a veteran criminal planning one last heist.  Clay gets his crew together, and stages the robbery in a daring fashion, brilliantly shot and pieced together by Kubrick.  Naturally, things don’t go as plan; and Clay is forced to make a hasty exit with the authorities hot on his trail.  Colleen Gray pours on the femme fatale swagger as Fay, the wife of the crew’s “weak” man, eventually forcing Clay and his crew to deal with another gang of criminals.  The Killing is a great film, brilliantly blending the genre of traditional film noir with the genre of crime drama, which would soon become more prevalent in later decades.

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