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Johnny Guitar

Regie Nicholas Ray
USA, 1954
Western, Drama, Liebesfilm

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Vienna has a saloon outside of town, and is thoroughly disliked by the townsfolk. When four of Vienna’s friends hold up a stagecoach, the town officials come to the saloon to capture them. She resists with the aid of an old acquaintance, Johnny Guitar.

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Johnny Guitar Regie Nicholas Ray
Order is eventually restored over a series of dead bodies, but through its unsettling of gender roles in the surreal landscape of Sedona, Nicholas Ray’s film serves as a ballad for a time of deep distrust in Hollywood. “Operatic” is the term that best describes this production, noted for its archetypal figures, dramatic choreography, costume changes, and extraordinary use of color, even if the romantic musical theme, scored by Victor Young, is applied with a light touch.
March 01, 2017
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Even seen today, more than 60 years after its release, Johnny Guitar still feels radical. Its subverted norms of genre and gender are rendered in vivid images that sear themselves into the brain… The film also contains one of the most tender moments in any western, in which Johnny’s taciturn façade breaks down and he begs Vienna to lie to him and tell him that she still loves him. Her acquiescence, delivered with a stony poker face, is bitter succor.
September 26, 2016
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When a wounded teenage gunslinger named Turkey (Ben Cooper) was forced by an angry mob to betray his only friend, Vienna, with a lie in order to save his life but then was lynched anyway, I couldn’t yet read this outrage as a conscious reference to the contemporaneous horrors of the Hollywood witch hunt. But the scene, as shocking as it was, nevertheless felt real and authentic in its awful immediacy, and that was only one of the many shocks that the film had to offer.
August 06, 2016
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