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Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964)

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Rachel Aultman

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964)

Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964)
Why Are The Differences between Films important?
Differences played a big role in the success of these films in their times
Fashions and Styles were set to the times of the films
show two different eras of films from the same short story
Hemingway's Style lending to the Film (1964)
Simplicity is the overall style of Hemingway's writing style, which can be summed up in a few simple points: being true, keeping it simple, using Vigorous English, writing dialogue, not descriptive, and revising.
The simplicity lends to the short story's ability to adapt to different interpretations seen in the 1946 and 1964 version.
The 1964's version is a loose adaption to the short story

Ernest Hemingway's The Killer's 1964
Re-make film was directed by 1964
Less Film Noir than the 1946 version
Violent thriller of double-crossing and assassination
Completely departed from the 1946 version and short story
Still relies on flashbacks to tell the story of two hired killers
Summary of the 1964 fILM
Story follows two hired killers (Charlie and Lee) as they killed Johnny North, a ex- race car driver, but also try to figure out the back story behind the reason for Johnny's death. The pair uncovers how Shelia Farr, girlfriend of a gangster named Browning, how she deceived Johnny by getting involved romantically , then making him get away drive in their million dollar heist. The depiction only gets worse when Shelia double crosses Johnny to make it easier for her and browning to get away with the cash. The grand finale is the killers meeting up with the double-crossing couple, which ends in a blood shed.
Differences in the 1964 film compared to the 1946 film.
Black & White Vs. Color
Ava Gardner Vs. Angie Dickinson
Harsher content
more violence and flashy style
shadowy, visually expressive vs. harsh, lacks emotional depth
"In a way the smooth 60's modernism is presented in a life-style more than a moral, the visual imagery supporting the action more than the dialogue. Strong character acting in the 1946s version makes up for its uneven narrative, but the moral inversion of having story told from the POV of two professional killers make the '64 unique" - Lawrence Russell
Directing and Writing
Director: Don Siegel and Writer: Gene L. Coon decided to make a clear separation between the short story and earlier film.
Dark Humor and Brutality
pivotal change of changing the investigators themselves into killers
Similar aspect is Johnny's Fate
60's Influence
The film screams 60's with the fast cars, flashy clothes, violence and bombshell babes.
Time changes allowed for more controversial imagery, such as all the violence in the film
60's was a new era for films particularly in technological areas
Classic 60's bad girl and bad boy theme
Fashion fit the trends of the time
Angie Dickinson was the typical 60's bombshell
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