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MOVIE: The Killers (1946)

Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway

Screenplay by Anthony Veiller

Directed by Robert Siodmak

Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Sam Levin, Virginia Christine, Edmond O’Brien

When the Swede ( Lancaster) is warned that two killers are after him, he admits that he doesn’t care. And why not? He is through with life. And how did that happen? It started with a girl. It’s always a girl. He is a broken man. Soon he is shot.

It’s up to the insurance investigator James Riordon (O’Brien) to solve the case, with the help of flashback stories told by friends–Police Lt. Sam Lubinsky (Levin) and his wife Lily (Christine), the former girlfriend of the Swede. The narrative is formed.

And let’s talk about the girl, The femme fatale as it is. Kitty Collins (Gardner). The extraordinary beautiful diamond stealing dame who lures, loves and abruptly leaves the Swede, along with all the money the team of crooks have stolen.

It started with a girl. It ends with a girl.