Ex-buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita, Kansas. His skills as a gunfighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal, but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.
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All about reversals of expectations, disrupting preconceived notions, both structurally and formally, and holding its audience to recognize their own illusory myths. It’s also Tourneur’s first cinemascope film and I feel like he’s playing with this transition from academy ratio to cinemascope as a parallel to the reconfiguration of our expectations - a masterclass in staging and blocking of bodies.