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« on: March 17, 2008, 08:53:58 AM »

Finally, a Western gets the full Criterion treatment: http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=435

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 05:03:23 PM »

So what did you think of "Wild Bill" the other night, I watched the last 15 minutes too, but I watched it before and really couldn't make any sense of it.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 07:44:46 PM »

I wasn't giving it my undivided attention, but I couldn't follow it either. I really like John Hurt's voice, though....

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 11:44:42 PM »

the Jack McCall character portrayal reminded me of Robert Ford in TAOJJBTCRF.

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 11:58:01 PM »

Interesting that you say that. I was reminded of TAOJJBTCRF on a number of points: the narration, the artsy-fartsy photography, the historical characters . . . Of course, Wild Bill doesn't come close to touching TAOJJBTCRF.

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008, 07:16:51 AM »

It seemed to me that, albeit I wasn't paying close attention since I was on line while the end was playing out, but the jittery actions, the unsure of himself portrayal, seemed almost like one of the standard Hollywood archetypes for an assassin or would be assassin of a famous character. Its as if they are always portrayed as a bit high stung.

It's seems awfully similar to the standard portrayals over the years of a teen/young man about to have sex for the first time, no?

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 04:21:52 PM »

Beaver: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews37/the_furies.htm

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009, 12:55:36 PM »

Not much action for a Western, it's more a family drama with occasional moments of violence. Some stunning deep-focus photography, though, and some terrific performances. I'm not completely convinced by Wendell Corey here (he did better work viz a viz Stanwyck in The File on Thelma Jordan), but Walter Huston is just amazing. I wish I had other things of his (beside Sierra Madre) to watch.  What an actor!

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2009, 01:23:21 PM »

Walter Huston is god. I'm sure you've seen Dodsworth but there's another great Walter Huston performance.

Anthony Mann had a really nice run in the late 40s-early 50s .

He Walked By Night
Border Incident
Devil's Doorway (amazing cinematography by Alton)
Winchester 73
The Furies
The Tall Target

I really need to see T-Men and Raw Deal, among a few others.

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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2009, 04:16:09 PM »

Walter Huston is god. I'm sure you've seen Dodsworth but there's another great Walter Huston performance.

Anthony Mann had a really nice run in the late 40s-early 50s .

He Walked By Night
Border Incident
Devil's Doorway (amazing cinematography by Alton)
Winchester 73
The Furies
The Tall Target

I really need to see T-Men and Raw Deal, among a few others.
Yeah, Dodsworth is good.

I don't consider the films Mann did with John Alton Anthony Mann films. I consider them John Alton films.

I have yet to see The Tall Target. Is it any good?

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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2009, 12:35:19 PM »

I liked The Tall Target but some may dismiss it as a drawn out version of The Narrow Margin (even the TNM was released a year later). There's a predictable twist in the final moments but overall it's visually impressive and has a nice pace. don't expect the movie to move at the frenzied pace of Margin. Definitely worth a view though.

Dick Powell called it the best movie he's ever done, so take that for what it's worth. It's not better than Murder, My Sweet but it's pretty good.

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 07:42:01 PM »

great pics, DJ.

I think Alton's work is even better in Devil's Doorway. Those battles scenes are beautiful: the dust, the explosions, everything is just brilliant.

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2009, 08:35:55 PM »

Is that Barbara Stanwyck?

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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2009, 09:01:09 PM »

Is that Barbara Stanwyck?

yeah.

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