anthony mann

boy that name keeps coming up, doesn’t it? fernando croce provides a nice intro if the name is unfamiliar at slant

“Modern disenchantment and bitterness crack the classical cement,” Jacques Rivette once wrote of the director’s modernist proclivities, and, indeed, is there a more striking sign of the darkening of classical American film than James Stewart facing a jagged ravine, unsure whether he’s the movie’s hero or its psychotic beast?

while it would be great to see his panoramic westerns on the big screen, the coiled cruelty that inevitably shows up might be a bit much — having just seen the man from laramie for the first time this week. . .


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