The Tower Theatre has lately been hosting screenings of works by the next generation of great filmmakers. With Sundance winding down, it now takes the opportunity to showcase one from the last generation of great filmmakers.
Westminster College and the Salt Lake Film Society jointly present a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1956 film noir drama The Killing. Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden), a longtime criminal, is planning to settle down with his girl, Fay (Coleen Gray). But he just wants to pull off one more job before retiring—stealing $2 million from a racetrack counting room. With every detail planned, nothing could possibly go wrong—unless someone else finds out about it and sends a surprise visitor to steal from the thieves.
Kubrick and pulp-fiction legend Jim Thompson adapted Lionel White’s Clean Break into the kind of genre perfection Kubrick mastered over the next 40 years. See it in 35mm tonight.