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61 Ratings

The Naked Dawn

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
United States, 1955


After pulling a robbery, Santiago and his partner are fired upon and the partner dies from his wound. Santiago hires a young land-owner, Maunel Lopez, to take him to town, where he delivers to loot to a fence, Guntz. The latter tries to cheat Santiago and he then takes it all by force…

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The Naked Dawn Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

Critics reviews

Politics and romance, shocking violence and playful adventure converge in this modern-day Western, from 1955, by Edgar G. Ulmer… Death haunts the movie from the start, when a partner in crime expires in Santiago’s arms; the existential race against time and the enduring despair at meagre prospects conflict with the prudent cares of family life, and Ulmer’s hectic images combine with the bitter plot to leave the moral issues angrily in doubt.
January 13, 2014
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Edgar G. Ulmer on the range in Technicolor is a sight to see, his Faustian interloper wears an affable grin under a mass of stubble and a straw sombrero… Long takes are often punctuated with camera movement to accommodate the perspectives and moods of the characters, hence the proto-Leone formulation in the perfidious gringo’s office (loot, revolver, noose) giving way to a marvelously peculiar cantina celebration that grows increasingly Germanic the more it strives for Mexican color.
January 01, 2010
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A typically modern hero and film, with the procession of back and forth oscillations based on the subtle nuances between a woman and two men – a novelistic weightiness rare in cinema, especially American cinema. A tender lament – nostalgic and disillusioned all at once – about life, love and death. Life is made more real thanks to very long takes that allow the characters to breathe.
January 01, 2002
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