A movie I saw 3 or 4 times on TV in the 70's. Rewatched yesterday night because of its recent Blu-Ray release. Wow! A movie about a woman, about Jennifer Jones, who's literally burning in the film's glowing settings hence her repeated longing for ponds and rainy nights. Masterpiece.
Not l'amour fou. Inadequate reading of sexual ownership and male dominance, with a few typical western motifs tossed in for good measure. A rape victim is branded as "damaged goods" and is punished for life. A powerful finale as the victim and rapist savagely destroy one another, but then all the man has to do is say "I love you" to remind her of her place. Control enshrined as sentimentality for the impressionable.
This film is so flagrant in its racism and disregard for women that it's hard not to find it funny. I couldn't take it seriously enough to be offended. Also, Gregory Peck makes a very sexy cowboy, even if his character was an arch-asshole.
Un classique du western romantique et fiévreux qui demeure un monument mythique du cinéma par sa folle tragédie quasi biblique, la violente et charnelle beauté de Jennifer Jones et l'excellente interprétation des principaux acteurs. En prime, un dernier quart d'heure époustouflant qui demeure un inoubliable morceau d'anthologie... www.cinefiches.com