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Ubiytsy / The Killers (A. Tarkovsky, 1956)

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

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 homes, and from relatives and friends. The film was praised by Mikhail Romm, the professor and teacher of Beiku, Gordon and Tarkovsky.

Directed by: Marika Beiku, Aleksandr Gordon, Andrei Tarkovsky
Written by: 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
Release date(s): 1956 (USSR)
Running time: 19 min.
Country: Soviet Union
Language: Russian

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