Film Society and Rehoboth library to screen 'The Killers' Feb. 13

January 26, 2013
Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in "The Killers." SOURCE SUBMITTED

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film and literary enthusiasts to a special screening of the 1946 film, “The Killers,” beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, upstairs at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Winner of three Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “The Killers” stars Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner and Edmond O’Brien. The screening is part of the monthly Read a Movie club, in which members are invited to read a short story in advance of the screening and then gather to watch the film version and engage in lively discussion about how the film compares to its original inspiration.

A shadowy corner. An isolated diner. Two brutal thugs. So begins the hard-hitting story by Ernest Hemingway. It also starts the classic film noir adaptation, but that’s just the beginning. In the film, the two hit men effortlessly dispatch their victim Swede (Burt Lancaster) and leave town. But who wanted Swede dead? Was it the sultry Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner)? The gangland boss (Albert Dekker)? Flashbacks reveal Swede’s tortured life and explain his inevitable execution. Nominated for four Academy Awards, this mystery classic will keep the audience guessing to the finish.

The Read a Movie club meets on the second Wednesday of every month. Members receive an email link to the short story in advance, and copies of the story are also available at the front desk of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. After the film is screened, members share thoughts about how well - or not so well - the story was expanded to the big screen. Membership in Read a Movie is free.

To sign up and receive the stories in advance, email Sue Early, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at or call the Rehoboth Beach Public Library at 302-227-8044.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit or call 302-645-9095.

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