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Cannes: 'Killing Them Softly' Helmer Andrew Dominik Talks Music As Film: 'Jesse James' Was My Leonard Cohen Song, 'Killing Them Softly' Is A Pop Tune

The Playlist By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist May 23, 2012 at 3:01PM

A film that probably needs no introduction at this point, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” has been setting the Croisette ablaze with high praises coming from all around, including our own reviewer who called it “brilliant and angry,” and most notably “the anti-thriller for our times.”
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4. In terms of genre, Pitt believes working with a genre picture that has layers is what allows for a film to defy any potential clichés.
Pitt says that “I think if we look back on our favorite films, there’s always something going on beneath them that isn’t exactly in your face. It was an interesting way of looking at the economic crisis, instead of just going straight to the financial crisis." As a producer on the film, Pitt believes this roundabout way of addressing issues through entertainment may indeed be his creed, referring to his upcoming film as both producer and actor of “World War Z” as a chance to “jump into a zombie film, historically, those films do the exact same thing.”

5. In regards to seeing his films in a specific perspective, Dominik sees 'Jesses James' as his Leonard Cohen Song, with 'Killing Them Softly' being a pop tune.
Dominik would later add onto Pitt’s sentiments about going deeper than a film’s genre label by saying “the reason fairy tales work is because they counter all concerns in terms of a fantasy. So maybe in a genre film, it’s like a spoonful of sugar -- it's one step removed. So you can enjoy it without really thinking about it. It can go in or not, depending on how much attention the viewer is paying.” Referring to the meditative, brooding qualities of 'Jesse James,' Dominik says that film was like his “Leonard Cohen song,” with the genre exercise of “Killing Them Softly” being like his “pop song.”

Five new photos from the film below.

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