“The Killers” Nabbed at “Oscar® Noir”

Beverly Hills, CA (June 15, 2010) — “The Killers” (1945), in which Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner gave breakthrough performances, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by screenwriter Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “State of Play”).

Screenwriter Anthony Veiller expanded Ernest Hemingway’s classic short story about a former boxer who makes no effort to escape from the men hired to kill him into a gripping feature-length drama that earned four Academy Award® nominations, including Directing (Robert Siodmak), Film Editing (Arthur Hilton), Music – Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklos Rozsa) and Writing – Screenplay (Veiller).

At 7 p.m. “Who Killed Who?” (1943), an MGM Tex Avery cartoon, and the episode “The Scorpion Strikes” from the 1941 serial “Adventures of Captain Marvel” will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.

“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including “The Killers,” there are 10 screenings remaining in the series. A complete list of films can be found at http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/noir.html.

“The Killers” is sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins.

Ticketholders should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the feature to ensure a seat in the theater. All tickets to individual evenings in the series are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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