Cocktail de western et comique avec Le Grand McLintock
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Cocktail de western et comique avec Le Grand McLintock

Dans les années 60, les westerns ont la côte aux États-Unis. Paramount Channel nous fait redécouvrir un des classiques du réalisateur Andrew V. McLaglen. Comique et scènes de fessées font-ils bon ménage ? C’est ce que propose ce film de 1963, incarnation d’une Amérique conquérante. A l’époque, les Westerns rencontrent un grand succès. Et rapportent … Continue reading

<i>Les Proies</i>: Un thriller aux traits lisses
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Les Proies: Un thriller aux traits lisses

Bien qu’ayant gagné le prix de la meilleure mise en scène lors du  festival de Cannes 2017, le dernier film de Sofia Coppola ne semble pas être à la hauteur de l’oeuvre de la réalisatrice.  La directrice du pensionnat Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) et ses élèves perturbées par la présence du soldat blessé.  ©American Zoetrope Lors de … Continue reading

With <i>Fort Apache</i>, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western
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With Fort Apache, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western

Fort Apache (1948) is a very solemn classic western by John Ford, intertwining the barbarity shown in the huge battles between the U.S. cavalry and Indians with the subtle delicacy of love stories and romance.  Taking place in the magnificent atmosphere of Monument Valley, Fort Apache is the first movie of the “Cavalry Trilogy” — … Continue reading

The battle of The Alamo, in a John Wayne production
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The battle of The Alamo, in a John Wayne production

    In The Alamo (1960), his only film as director, John Wayne wanted to show how a famous group of men fought heroically against the Mexican authorities to achieve Texas independence.  The movie presents the opposition of two distinct armies with, on the one hand, Davy Crockett, Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and their men, … Continue reading

<i>The Big Country</i> (1958): A movie worth (re-) discovering
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The Big Country (1958): A movie worth (re-) discovering

Better known for his multi Academy Awards winning epic movie Ben Hur, William Wyler also directed one of the most memorable Westerns of all time. Despite its somehow dissuasive length, The Big Country has established itself as a classic along the years. In William Wyler’s legendary 1958 film The Big Country, Gregory Peck plays James … Continue reading

Tarantino unchains the taboo of slavery
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Tarantino unchains the taboo of slavery

In his movie Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino explores 19th-century America and tackles the sensitive subject of slavery with a singularity that revives the Western genre. Carried by a dream cast, this story of love, revenge and violence is already one of Tarantino’s masterpieces. Riding across Texas on his horse-drawn carriage, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) … Continue reading

<i>The Hanging Tree</i> (1959): “To really live, you must almost die”
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The Hanging Tree (1959): “To really live, you must almost die”

In Delmer Daves’s The Hanging Tree, one of his last movies before his death in 1961, Gary Cooper is a natural in his tall, dark and brooding glory: the hero that is not so much a hero, rescuing the damsel-in-distress who, it turns out, is perhaps not really the one in distress. The Hanging Tree … Continue reading