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The Killing

Released 1956
Distributor United Artists

A racetrack robbery goes awry in this pivotal noir. This was Kubrick’s first real Hollywood movie, populated by a cast of iconic character actors and presented in an intricate, almost experimental non-linear style. Written by noir novelist Jim Thompson, who was held over to cowrite Kubrick’s next, Paths of Glory. Famous trailer voice Art Gilmore narrates the film uncredited, although the trailer itself has no narration.

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About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.