RARA-AVIS: Re: Clean Break/The Killing

Paul Duncan (paul.duncan@asml.nl)
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 10:50:20 +0100

Mark Sullivan:
> As far as the time flip goes, it wasn't that strange at the time the
> Stark books were written. It even showed up in movies like Kubrick's
> The Killing. (I haven't read White's book, is it structured the same
> way?)

The Killing is based (fairly closely) on Clean Break by Lionel White. Both Stanley Kubrick (director) and James B Harris (producer) were attracted to the book because of the fractured time storytelling. They bought the book away from Frank Sinatra (who was thinking about doing it as a follow-up to Suddenly (script Richard Sale)). Kubrick brought in Jim Thompson to co-write the script. Kubrick decided which scenes to use and the order, sent the details to Thomspon, who wrote them up in his hotel room. Thompson added the wrestler's speech about gangsters and artists, and the sado-masochistic relationship of one of the couples.

BSP: I've just written a short book about Stanley Kubrick, published by Pocket Essentials (www.pocketessentials.com) Available through Amazon etc. ISBN 1-903047-01-3. Price 2.99 UK pounds, and includes all his films. US Distribution through Trafalgar Square Publishing, PO Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, Vermont 05053.

- paul duncan

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