by Jim Ridley
on Fri, Feb 8, 2008 at 9:02 AM
Stanley Kubrick's rock-hard 1956 caper thriller The Killing is tonight's attraction at the Belcourt's Nashville Film Noir Festival, starting one of the best weeks for moviegoing here in recent memory. Dig it: Tomorrow night is the dynamite 1974 subway-hijacking yarn The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, with Robert Aldrich's slam-bang Mickey Spillane adaptation Kiss Me Deadly and the devastating Humphrey Bogart character study In a Lonely Place still to come.
If you've never seen The Killing, the movie that put then 28-year-old Kubrick on the map, it's a must-see—not just for Kubrick's mix of docudrama grit, born-to-lose black humor and crackling ultraviolence, but also for the great crime novelist Jim Thompson's blistering hard-boiled dialogue (even if Thompson got shafted on his proper screenwriting credit). And for a stellar cast of B-movie mugs: Sterling Hayden (seen two days ago in The Long Goodbye), Elisha Cook Jr. (coming soon in The Maltese Falcon), Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Kubrick regular Joe Terkel, and that ticking thespian time-bomb Timothy Carey as a scene-stealing creep of a sniper.
I'll be introducing the movie tonight at 7 p.m. at the Belcourt. Go anyway.