Vienna has a saloon outside of town, and is thoroughly disliked by the townsfolk. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man, the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna’s friends. She resists with the aid of an old acquaintance, Johnny Guitar. —IMDb
Born in small-town Wisconsin in 1911, Nicholas Ray’s early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year, but made such an impression on his professor and writer Thorton Wilder that he was recommended for a scholarship with Frank Lloyd Wright, where he learned the importance of space and geography, not to mention his later love for CinemaScope. When political differences came between the seasoned architect and his young protégé, Ray left for New York and became immersed in the radical theater. He joined the Theater of Action and later the Group Theater, which is where he met his good friend Elia Kazan. Times were tough and money was tight, but Ray loved the bohemian lifestyle of the close-knit group and enjoyed one of the happiest times of his life. Anybody who met him always noted his intellect and amazing energy. During this period he, along with his fellow Theater Group members, was also active in Socialist/Communist… read more
Ray may have made more distinguished movies than this lurid drama but it's still a tremendous effort and arguably the best of the handful of westerns that he shot. In one of the finest films of Republic Pictures a great cast of veterans of this most American of genres like Borgnine, Carradine and Hayden ultimately play second fiddle to the inevitable climactic showdown between Crawford and McCambridge. Exhilarating.
Nick Ray’s genre of everyday life.
This is not your father's Western. One of the things I like about the poster for Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Meek’s Cutoff, is
Les quarante premières minutes sont réellement d’un niveau incroyable, avec des faces à faces entre des personnages très tendus et le tout se déroulant uniquement dans le saloon de Vienna. De quoi… read review
Johnny Guitar is my favorite Nicholas Ray film for a number of reasons. I love Westerns. I also love strange revisionist Westerns that fuck with the genre. I love the fact that Sterling Hayden is constantly… read review
Director Nicholas Ray’s western melodrama is a cut above the usual old-fashioned horse opera due to the psychological depth of its characters and strong performances from Joan Crawford and Sterling… read review