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  1. 1. The Killers 1946
  2. 2. 3 versions of the killers• 2nd version – The Killers (1964) – Made for TV film – Directed by Don Siegel• 3rd version – The Killers (aka Ubijtsi (1958)) – Last for 19 minute – Directed by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky for his first student film
  3. 3. 1st version(1946) 2nd version(1964) 3rd Version• Clear structure • Color film • Famous in the• Good elaboration • Create hard-boiled filming technique heroes • Using sharp• Black & White contrast (sharp contrast) • Boxer to racer • Made use of• “The killers” do not • Killers have shadow refers to Kitty dialogue • To express the • Less flashback darkness and • Focus more in oppress investigation atmosphere
  4. 4. Comparison to other films
  5. 5. 1. Opening• The driving shot• At night• Film Noir• darkness
  6. 6. Criss Cross (1949)
  7. 7. Kiss Me Deadly(1955)
  8. 8. Hollywoods classic film noir period• From the early 1940s to the late 1950s
  9. 9. Crime-gangster filmsThe Roaring Twenties (1939) High Sierra (1941) The Big Clock (1948)
  10. 10. How to tell a story?
  11. 11. • Narrative in flashback• Story being exposed in third view Citizen Kane (1941)
  12. 12. Social Phenomenon
  13. 13. Background of society• the story was written by Ernest Hemingway in 1927• Economic recession• Class conflict was serious• Society was unstable• because of prohibition (constitutional ban on alcohol)• Underground markets emerged through organized crime• much violence was occurring between gangsters• Random acts of violence everyday in people life• Citizen live in violence and terror• Hope to have a peaceful life and society• The story was written to expose all kinds of sins in the society at that time
  14. 14. Compare to Hong Kong in 60s to 70s• After WWII• Hong Kong was experiencing economic growth• Civil Service salaries was very low• Officials in all departments took advantage of their positions to supplement their wages• Corruption was very serious in HK• Angers accumulated within Hong Kong society• Gangsters’ power was enlarged, as money seems can buy anything
  15. 15. Compare to HK corrupt movie• As Tears Go By<旺角卡門>(1988)• LEE ROCK (1991)
  16. 16. Costumes(killers)
  17. 17. • Clothes: dark suits, coats, hats • killers look frightening • Seems coming from a higher class the killer (1989)<喋血雙雄>Le samouraï (1967)
  18. 18. Literature turned into movieErnest Hemingways story• A Farewell to Arms (1932)• For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)• To Have and Have Not (1944)• The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)• The Sun Also Rises (1957))
  19. 19. • Most movies nowadays was following the literature plot • less editing in the story outlineCompare with Today’s movie