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

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

<i>Nevada Smith</i> (1966): A maturing journey into the West
Cinema / Culture / Westerns

Nevada Smith (1966): A maturing journey into the West

Four years after the remarkable success of How The West Was Won (1962), Henry Hathaway directed Nevada Smith, a well-knit Hollywood western starring Steve McQueen as the young and naive Max Sand who finds his parents brutally murdered. Determined to hunt the bandits down for revenge, Max embarks on a journey into the West that … Continue reading

Marlon Brando’s Hidden Talent Revealed in <i>One-Eyed Jacks</i>
Cinema / Westerns

Marlon Brando’s Hidden Talent Revealed in One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando was already well-known as an excellent actor when One-Eyed Jacks (1961) revealed that he was also a talented director. He played with the codes of the Western genre and with cultural clichés to create a unique movie, whose peculiar richness is based on ambivalent genres, human characters, landscapes and atmospheres.       After … Continue reading