High and Low: From Pulp to Poetry
Screening Dates
  • May 30, 2019 9:20
  • June 1, 2019 6:30
  • June 3, 2019 8:30

Arguably Kubrick’s most perfectly conceived and executed film … Not to be missed.”

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Stanley Kubrick’s assured third feature—the legendary director’s breakthrough work—is one of the classic hard-boiled caper films. Sterling Hayden is memorable as mastermind Johnny Clay, an ex-con who assembles a team of small-time losers and dreamers in order to pull off the perfect” robbery of a racetrack. The film was adapted from the novel Clean Break by American pulp-fiction writer Lionel White; the screenplay was co-written by another noted noir author, Jim Thompson. The Killing brought Kubrick critical attention for its extraordinary performances, claustrophobic compositions, and complex use of time. Influenced by John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (also staring Hayden), it later inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. White’s novel Obsession served as source for Godard’s Pierrot le fou.