The Killers (1956 film)

The Killers (1956 film)

Infobox Film | name = The Killers

caption = Title card of "The Killers"
director = Marika Beiku
Aleksandr Gordon
Andrei Tarkovsky
producer =
writer = Ernest Hemingway (story)
Aleksandr Gordon
Andrei Tarkovsky
starring = Yuli Fait
Aleksandr Gordon
Valentin Vinogradov
Boris Novikov
Yuri Dubrovin
Andrei Tarkovsky
Vasily Shukshin
cinematography = Alfredo Alvarez
Aleksandr Rybin
music =
editing =
distributor =
released = Start date|1956 (USSR)
runtime = 19 min
country = flagicon|Soviet Union USSR
language = Russian
budget =
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imdb_id = 0052330

"The Killers" ( _ru. Убийцы, "Ubiitsy") is a 1956 student film by the Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky and his fellow students Marika Beiku and Aleksandr Gordon. It is based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway, written in 1927. It was Tarkovsky's first film, produced while being a student at the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).


"The Killers" is an adaption of a short story by Ernest Hemingway. The story was divided into three parts, with the first being directed by Gordon, and the second and third part being directed by Beiku and Tarkovsky. The first part shows Nick Adams (Yuli Fait) observing two gangster (Valentin Vinogradov and Boris Novikov) in black coats and with black hats entering a small-town diner. They tell the owner of the diner George (Aleksandr Gordon), that they are searching for the boxer Ole Andreson and that they want to kill him. The tie Nick Adams and the cook up and wait for some time for Ole Andreson to appear. Three customers enter the restaurant, but are send away by the owner George. One of the customers is played by Tarkovsky, who whistles "Lullaby of Birdland".

The second part shows Nick Adams visiting Ole Andreson (Vasili Shukshin) in his hide-out, a small room. He warns Andreson about the two gangsters, but he has resigned and is unwilling to flee. The third scene shows Adams returning to the diner and telling the owner that Andreson has resigned and that he will be killed by the two gangsters.


Students were required to work on films in groups of two or threes due to a lack of equipment at the film school VGIK. Andrei Tarkovsky and Aleksandr Gordon asked Marika Beiku to work with them. The idea for adapting Ernest Hemingway's short story was Tarkovsky's. All roles were played by students of the VGIK, and the camera and lighting was handled by fellow students Alfredo Álvarez and Aleksandr Rybin.

Beiku, Gordon and Tarkovsky set up an American bar in the studio of the film school, at this time a symbol of depravity and becoming a little attraction among students. Props were brought by students from their home, and from relatives and friends. The film was praised by Mikhail Romm, the professor and teacher of Beiku, Gordon and Tarkovsky. [cite web
last = Gordon
first = Alexander
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title = Student Years
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date = 1990
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accessdate = 2007-12-10

See also

*The Killers (short story by Ernest Hemingway)


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