“The Killers” at the Cinematheque

The Cinematheque will continue its incredibly varied Spring program on Friday night with a restored print of Richard Siodmark’s “The Killers” (1946), a noir of sorts adapted from the famous Hemingway story of the same name. The film stars Burt Lancaster in his screen debut as a murdered boxer whose doomed life becomes the obsession of an insurance investigator (played by Edmond O’Brien); “The Killers” also features a performance by Ava Gardner as the film’s requisite femme fatale. I love these remarks about the film made by the novelist Jonathan Lethem (taken from the Cinematheque’s website): “[“The Killers”] is lousy with writerly talent” and “as nested with weird resonances as it is glamorous with obvious pleasures.” What’s not to love? The screening will begin at 8:05, following two more episodes of “The Adventures of Captain Marvel” (1941) at 7:30.

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