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The Killers, with Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 October 2011

The Killers (1946)(DVD) Directed by Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase (1945)), starring Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity (1953), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Elmer Gantry (1960), The Leopard (1963), Atlantic City (1980)), Ava Gardner (The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Night of the Iguana (1964), )and Edmond O’Brien (D.O.A. (1950), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Wild Bunch (1969)).    This American classic film noir is Burt Lancaster’s film debut, as well as Ava Gardner’s first role of significance, and as such, has its importance.  Siodmak’s German Expressionist, sharp-shadowed style, lends the first part of The Killers a tense, suspenseful efficacity and it is this part of the film, most closely based on Ernest Hemingway‘s short story of the same name, that is most successful.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the film suffers from a rather poor screenplay, film noir cliché devices, and, perhaps, the, as yet, undeveloped talents of both Lancaster and Gardner, who nevertheless show a good deal of promise. (PR)

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The Artist as Obstreperous Rebel & Sardonic Social Commentator – “German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse” at MoMA

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 26 March 2011

Erich Heckel’s “Franzi Reclining”, 1910.  Part of MoMA’s extraordinary collection of German Expressionism prints.

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Roberta Smith has written a wonderful, lively and informative article entitled “Bleak Visions From Early-20th-Century Rebels” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the highly colorful and intensely graphic exhibition “German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse”  at the Museum of Moder Art (open to the public Sunday 27 March – 11 July, 2011, (212) 708-9400, moma.org).  Smith describes the show as, among other things, “infused with an urgent, crackling energy, by turns joyful, satiric, grim and tragic”, easily motivation enough for one to see it. 

However, for those of us who, for some reason, won’t be in New York between tomorrow and 11 July, MoMA has announced that as of Sunday all 3,380 German Expressionist works on paper in its collection will become available for online viewing at moma.org/germanexpressionism.  Amazing, and excellent.

In the meantime, great slideshow, here. 

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