The Killing

The Killing by Stanley Kurbrick (1956) is a crime thriller with a twist. An ex-con by the name of Johnny Clay has planned the perfect robbery. He uses inside men and various well timed distractions so he can clean out the local racetracks money office, only to succeed and lose it all at the end. Shot One The setting of shot one is an outside racetrack. In this wide shot (w/s) frame. The subjects are placed screen center. The horses and Jocks are at the starting gate. The bell rings, and the gates open. The horses begin to make their way around the track. As they move the camera follows panning from the right to the left, making the wide shot (ws) into a long shot (ls). In the back ground the cheering people in the stands of the race track rise to their feet in excitement, as the announcer reports on the race (diegetic sound). The first shot is brightly lit by the daylight. There is some glare from the sun as the camera pans from right to left. The first cut occurs during the pan as the horses make their way around the track. Shot Two The second shot is located inside the racetrack. The shot begins as a wide shot as Marvin Unger enters the extremely large room. The camera continues to shoot, dolling from left to right as Marvin walks through the room (middle ground) making the wide shot to a medium shot. Marvin passes the cashiers booth, people in the background, as well as people in the foreground. A spectator can see soft cast-shadows along the back walls as well as on Marvins face, as he walks in and out of light and dark areas of the room. Sunlight seems to be coming from the large windows of the race track causing shadows. A narrator (non-diegetic) reveals to the audience that Marvin has no real interest in the race taking place at that time. So one would wonder why he was there. As he walks he seems to be thinking about something other than the race. The cut occurs between shot …

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