Kubrick’s ‘The Killing’ and Lewis’s ‘Gun Crazy’
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Stanley Kubrick thriller, <i>The Killing</i>
Stanley Kubrick thriller, The Killing
TELLURIDE – The Wilkinson Public Library and the Telluride Film Festival are excited to present program number three of the Film Noir Series. The TFF Cinematheque is fast becoming a local’s film club, where the cinephiles of the community can gather to watch, learn about and discuss great films – not just during the Telluride Film Festival weekend, but year-round. All community members are encouraged attend. SHOWS are free to all and include free food and beverages during the pre-SHOW reception as well as between the films.

Programmed by TFF Director Gary Meyer, each evening is double-billed just like it would have been back in the 1940s and 50s. Special guest Seth Berg, local cinema aficionado and Colorado Teacher of the Year, will be in house to introduce the films and lead the discussion. The first film showing on Monday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., is the not-to-be missed Stanley Kubrick thriller, The Killing (1956, 83 min.), considered his most perfectly crafted film. After spending five years in Alcatraz, Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) masterminds an intricate plot to steal $2 million from a racetrack, but the plan comes unraveled when the wife of one of his accomplices finds out.

Next on the bill is Gun Crazy (1949 86 min.). Bart Tare (John Dall) has been fascinated with guns since his youth, but it isn’t until he meets Annie (Peggy Cummins) that their mutual love of firearms and Annie’s desire for a wealthier lifestyle leads them down a road of robbery and violence. This gangster film that ventures into the crime genre with emotion and questions of morality was directed by Joseph H. Lewis.

Monday, November 16, 6 p.m., at the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room (5:30 p.m. for pre-SHOW reception); free to all. Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque is a collaboration between The Telluride Film Festival and the Wilkinson Public Library.
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