A good piece on Fuller’s western, featured on an excellent site, which I’d urge people to pop over and read, and browse around generally.
When it’s on: Monday, 11 May (2.50 pm)
‘May I feel it?’
‘It might go off in your face.’
‘I’ll take a chance.’
One of the aspects of the Westerm I find most fascinating is its dying days, the realisation that American expansion has caught up with the untamed frontier, making its ways approach their ending. This is a theme of Forty Guns I really like. Both its hero, Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan), and rancher Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck), have long histories, complicated back stories, and know the elements that have defined their lives are drawing to a close. They’re becoming anachronisms, and their riding off in the direction of California together at the end is symbolic of the dawning new chapter in Arizona’s own tale.
But this is only one aspect of Forty Guns, a film I found very hard to pigeonhole…
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9 thoughts on “Forty Guns (1957)”
An insane film and a wonderful one – everybody should see it.
Film 4 appears to be showing this in widescreen format so I have recorded it to replace a previous copy. It looks like a stunning print. Can’t wait to watch it (again).
Be sure to check out Mike’s site, where this post came from, Jerry. He covers lots of cool stuff based on upcoming TV broadcasts.
Thanks, Colin. Have followed your suggestion and discovered Mike’s fine blogsite (even added a comment).
Good man – well worth having a look around there.
I shamefully must admit to never seeing this. I must fix that soon.
Oh it’s a very entertaining movie, a wild ride in every sense. I keep meaning to do my own full write up, but you definitely ought to keep the film in mind and watch it when the opportunity next presents itself.
LOL Four years after my last comment on FORTY GUNS and I still have not seen it. I’ll be 100 before I get to it at this rate!!!!
I like it but it’s not to everyone’s taste. What can I say? Do check it out some time and see how you feel about it.